Fort D.A. Russell Days recreates history

Updated: Jul. 22, 2022 at 7:42 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A large part of Cheyenne Frontier Days is the military. Its history here in Wyoming and involvement in the community.

With Fort D.A. Russell Days, visitors can get a glimpse of that commitment.

As CFD kicks off their festivities this week, so does the military, with historical re-enactment and displays.

Fort D.A. Russell is one of the oldest continuously operated bases of national defense.

”David Allen Russell was established in 1867 with the U.S. Army to protect the U.S. union pacific railroad,” said Jeremiah Daniels Foster, 90th Missile Wing Historian.

Celebrating Wyoming Military History, Fort D.A. Russell’s Days focus on the different eras of their military presence in Wyoming and show visitors and locals the 90th Missile Wing’s impact.

“This event primarily showcases the history of the base and the current day mission. So it’s the one time a year the civilian population gets to come on base and see what we do,” said Jim McDonnell, Military Committee, Fort D.A. Russell Days Lead.

This year’s displays pull from the American Revolution, World War 2, through to modern days.

All in an effort to teach younger generations what our armed force members did for our country.

”The old saying is those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and I think that is very true, particularly in today’s volatile world,” said Steve Mount, Retired Wyoming Guard Brigadier General and Historic Enactor.

The festivities stopped during the pandemic, but this year is expected to see record crowds.

The display will be open from July 22nd to the 24th from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you are looking for family events or just enjoy history, this event and exhibition will continue throughout the weekend.

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