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Explore Georgia’s Military History Year-round

Veterans Day is this week, but it’s not the only day to honor Georgia’s military history. There are festivals and events that happen each year across the state celebrating the victories and sacrifices of the armed forces.

Revolutionary Days (February, Washington) – Hundreds of re-enactors, historians and spectators gather in Historic Downtown Washington for a parade and re-enactment of the February 14, 1779, Battle of Kettle Creek. There is also a historical memorial church service, reminiscent of a late-1700s service.

Revolutionary Days Parade in Washington, Ga.
Revolutionary Days Parade in Washington, Ga.

Thunder Over Augusta (May, Augusta) – Each year, on Armed Forces Day, this festival celebrates America with military pageantry and a heaping helping of typical festival fun.

Currahee Military Weekend (October, Toccoa) – In the early 1940s, Toccoa was home to a paratrooper training camp. 18,000 men attended the camp, but only 6,000 made it through the training. Since 2000, Currahee Military Weekend honors the men of the 101st, 506th, 501st, 511th and the 517th who trained at the site. While you’re there, plan on exploring the 14,000-square-foot Currahee Military Museum.

Also, the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe and Andersonville National Historic Site celebrate Georgia’s military history throughout the year with a variety of events.

To see more Georgia military history, be sure to visit the Ft. Stewart Military Museum (Augusta), Heritage Park Veterans Museum (McDonough), Marietta Museum of History (Marietta), U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum (Ft. Gordon), National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center (Columbus), the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (Pooler), the Museum of Aviation (Warner Robins) and The Drummer Boy Civil War Museum (Andersonville).

Published: November 2015