Commemorative Area preserves post's past
The 900 block of the installation and the 11-acre area surrounding it are at the hub of the fort's history-preservation efforts. The area features the History Center, World War II-era buildings, Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza.
The Commemorative Area also has a picnic pavilion and restroom facilities.
The Commemorative Area consists of five World War II-era buildings set aside to help tell Fort McCoy's unique story. These facilities are representative of the types found in the cantonment area when it was constructed in 1942.
Three of the buildings — an administrative facility, a dining facility, and a barracks — are set up to depict Soldier life during the 1940s. Display items include a World War II chapel, bunk beds, footlockers, mannequins, and potbelly stoves. Another building highlights four different modern military training venues, and a separate facility shows various training aids.
The Commemorative Area is open April through October by appointment to groups of 15 or more. The area is also open to small groups and individuals selected days June through September without appointment. Check www.facebook.com/ftmccoy/ for upcoming days.
The History Center features displays of photographs and memorabilia that reflect the roles the installation has held since 1909. The History Center is handicapped-accessible.
The History Center is open year-round by appointment to groups of 15 or more.
The Equipment Park is an outdoor display of historic and present-day equipment representative of the types used on the installation.
The design of the park allows for display of 70 pieces of equipment, ranging from helicopters and howitzers to trucks and trailers.
A brochure featuring the park layout provides information about each piece of equipment on display is available on site.
Visitors with access to the installation have access to the Equipment Park year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Veterans Memorial Plaza
Veterans Memorial Plaza is a tribute to all of the men and women who have served the nation during each era of Fort McCoy's history. Visitors with access to the installation can visit Veterans Memorial Plaza year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Guided tours can be arranged for groups of 15 or more Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays, throughout the year. There is no cost for tours.
Tours of the History Center, Commemorative Area buildings, Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza take approximately one to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the group. Bus tours of the installation are also available and last approximately 30 minutes.
Dining is available on the installation. To schedule a guided tour, contact the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.
Armed Forces Day Open House
Fort McCoy typically hosts an Open House each year on the third Saturday in May — Armed Forces Day.
This is an excellent time to visit — no appointment required! All Commemorative Area buildings are open, and many special activities are scheduled.
For more information about the Commemorative Area or the Armed Forces Day Open House, contact the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office by phone at 608-388-2407, fax at 608-388-3749, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.