Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House canceled due to pandemic

FORT McCOY, Wis. (WKBT) — Fort McCoy announced Wednesday that it will not be hosting its annual open house to celebrate Armed Forces Day this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After much consideration, Fort McCoy leadership has determined that, because of ongoing safety precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not the time to host an Armed Forces Day Open House. Instead, the installation will focus on other smaller community outreach opportunities this year,” it said in a statement.

The event is usually the third Saturday in May at the Fort McCoy Commemorative Area.

While the open house is canceled, people can still visit the Commemorative Area during extended operational hours every Friday and Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. All Commemorative Area and History Center open hours are available in the events section of Fort McCoy’s Facebook page. Small groups are encouraged to reach out and schedule personal tours during normal business hours Monday through Friday. For more information, call 608-388-2407.

Additionally, people are encouraged to take advantage of Fort McCoy’s many recreational activities, including the Pine View Campground that offers swimming, mini golf and hiking trails, as well as McCoy’s Community Center that offers a good meal and a game of bowling.

Also, Fort McCoy Public Affairs staff members are already working on adding virtual tour opportunities this year and preparing for an exciting Armed Forces Day Open House in 2022.