Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Days
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The Camp Gordon Johnston Association and WWII Museum celebrates the 23rd Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days on March 9th – 10th in Carrabelle, FL. A weekend of meaningful events is planned especially to honor our country’s remaining WWII veterans as well as recognize and salute all veterans from WWII to present. All veterans, their family and friends as well as the general public are invited to Carrabelle for the celebrations.
On Friday, March 9, from 12 to 4 pm, Camp Gordon Johnston will be hosting the Veterans’ Welcome at Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum’s current location at 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle. All WWII to present day veterans are invited to be greeted at the museum and meet other veterans and visitors. Interviews may be taped for those with stories connected to CGJ Veterans’ Training and War time experiences.
Continuing on Friday at 6 pm, the Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82 located in Lanark Village warmly invites all WWII veterans, WWII widows/widowers, non-WWII veterans (with proof of service), active duty military, and members of Post 82 to a Low Country Boil in their honor. Each veteran or member is welcome to bring one guest. This event is not open to the general public. For more information, call 850-697-9998.
On Saturday, March 10, kicking off at 10:45 am, the Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days Parade, which pays tribute to all veterans of all branches of service, will begin at NW 10th street on US 98 in Carrabelle. Line-up will be Ave B facing West. The parade will head east for 10 blocks along US 98 to Tallahassee St. This year’s community parade should include CGJ Museum vehicles (WWII DUKW, Willis Jeep, and German Lieferwagan), more recent military vehicles, JROTC units, color guards, veteran organizations and auxiliary units, and of course, many civic and community floats, decorated golf carts, gorgeous antique cars, and beauty queens of all ages. In addition, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association – First Florida Chapter will be bringing their amazing restored vintage military vehicles to carry veterans in the parade.
The parade is open to all groups, military or civilian, who want to participate in the true spirit of American freedom. Military related groups, community organizations, school groups, and individuals are all encouraged to help honor all veterans, past and present, by participating in the parade. For details, see 2018 Parade Invitation. To register as a participant in the parade, submit the form by March 7: 2018 Parade Registration. Those arriving late or without pre-registering are still welcome to join the parade at the rear of the lineup.
Immediately following the parade, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s First Florida Chapter will have their restored vintage military vehicles on display. Everyone is invited to see these vehicles up close and personal in downtown Carrabelle. The location will be on the grounds across the street from Fathom’s Restaurant near the 200 block of St. James Avenue, Carrabelle.
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum will be open to all visitors in its current location, 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Guests are encouraged to come and hear the amazing stories of the region’s WWII heroes and see the remarkable collection of WWII artifacts and memorabilia while still on display throughout this 7,000 square foot museum. Come see the museum one last time before we move to our new facility.
The Camp Gordon Johnston Association will also be welcoming guests on Saturday for sneak peak visits at its new museum location which is scheduled to officially open very soon. The new facility is located at 1873 Hwy 98 West, across from Carrabelle Beach and will be open for “work-in-progress” visits on Saturday, 10 am–4 pm.
Saturday evening the Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion festivities culminate with a very special event – the Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Dinner Dance – at 6 pm at the Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle. Have dinner with actual WWII heroes as well as veterans from more recent times! These men and women have served their country faithfully and honorably, willing to give the “last full measure”. It is a privilege and a delight to thank and honor them at this special event. The cost is just $10 for advance tickets or $15 at the door and includes a retro 1940’s “homefront” meal and entertainment. BYOB. Advance ticket purchase is recommended due to limited seating and can be purchased at the Senior Center, 201 NW Ave F, Carrabelle. Doors open at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm. For more information, call 850-697-3760.
For information or assistance, please call (850) 697-8575.
Carrabelle is 100 miles east of Panama City on Hwy 98, and about 60 miles south of Tallahassee.