Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Days
The Camp Gordon Johnston Association and WWII Museum celebrates the 23rd Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days the weekend of March 9- 10, 2018 in Carrabelle, FL. A weekend of meaningful events is planned especially to honor our remaining WWII veterans as well as recognize and salute all veterans WWII to present. All veterans and their family, friends, and supporters are invited to Carrabelle for the public celebration March 10. We invite all who wish to show their support for our veterans to participate in the annual Camp Gordon Johnston Days parade in Carrabelle, Florida.
Our annual event kicks off Friday with the Veteran Welcome and Reception at Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum’s new location at 1873 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL. 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. Refreshments will be served.
Festivities continue on Friday evening with a veterans social at the Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82 in Lanark Village. The social is open to all veterans, active duty military, and Legion members with a guest or widows of WWII veterans. On Saturday evening we host a dinner and dance.
Saturday morning gets under way with the Annual Camp Gordon Johnston Reunion Days Parade, which pays tribute to all veterans of all branches of service. The parade includes fascinating CGJ Museum vehicles, including a WWII DUKW, a Willis Jeep and a German Lieferwagan; JROTC Units; color guards; veteran organizations and auxiliary units; other military vehicles; and community and civic floats and entries. The parade is open to all groups, military or civilian, who want to participate in the true spirit of American freedom. After the parade, there will be a rally where many of the military vehicles will be on display for closer viewing. For details about participating in the parade: 2018 Parade Invitation. To register as a participant in the parade, submit the form: 2018 Parade Registration.
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. This is a wonderful opportunity to have dinner with actual WWII heroes as well as veteran heroes 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. Tickets will be purchased at the Senior Center closer to the event date.
Carrabelle is 100 miles east of Panama City on Hwy 98, and about 60 miles south of Tallahassee.