Veteran paratroopers and glidermen of the Chicago Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will host the fourth annual Airborne Day picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Judd Kendall Post 3873 in Naperville.
Previous events drew more than 200 people, and this year more than 300 are expected.
This celebration of the Airborne highlights the history of American military parachute and glider forces; their contribution to freedom dating back to 1942 and the first U.S. combat jump into North Africa. Since then, U.S. Airborne forces have spearheaded military operations in almost every conflict around the world that included U.S. military forces.
The 2014 event features a special recognition of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, and four other WWII airborne operations (combat jumps): Operation Dragoon (France), Operation Market Garden (Holland), Operation Table Tennis (New Guinea) and Operation Table Top (Philippines).
There will be videos, static displays and discussions with WWII veterans.
Additionally, Airborne Day includes an all-you-can-eat pig roast and favorite picnic fare beginning at noon in the VFW Post dining room.
Highlights include entertainment, current and vintage military vehicles and equipment, demonstrations, a parachute try-on station, a kids’ activities corner, and favorite picnic games such as horseshoes and a bags.
Tickets cost $12 each and can be purchased online at www.chicagoairborne.com or by contacting Chicago chapter chairman Mark Mueller at email@example.com or 630-561-2139.Tags: 82nd Airborne Division Association, Veterans, WWII