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The Walrus

The Walrus

Vol. 1 No. 18 page 1 May 9, 1952

Program Set For Armed Forces Day

The program for observance of Armed Forces Day at BHOD, 17 May, has been completed. Officials are preparing for thousands of visitors during the "open house" of the depot and the program and displays are as follows:

Community Building
Packaging Display
Survival Equipment Display
Ammunition Display
Area Bus Tour - 0900 to 1030
Igloo Inspection - 1300 to 1430
(Start from Community Building)
Area Train Tour - 0900 to 1030
Around Loop by Rail - 1230 to 1400
(Start from the Trading Post)

The Walrus

Vol. 5 No. 21 page 1 May 23, 1957

Approximately 1000 Visitors Witness BHOD Armed Forces Display

The Black Hills Ordnance Depot's Armed Forces day program held Sunday, May 19th was attended by approximately 1,000 persons of surrounding communities and residents of Igloo.

The afternoon activities started with a parade led by the Provo High School baton twirlers and Provo schools colorful band of 53 pieces directed by Charles Swanson. A color guard followed by the National Guard contingent of Edgemont marched to the Security Building parking lot where the Black Hills Ordnance Depot Commander Colonel Don M. Hoffman in his address of welcome stressed the importance of the Open House idea of Armed Forces Day. He emphasized the fact that such implements of war as the Nike and block-busters which were on display are America's guarantee of strength during times of peace and symbols of defense in time of war.

Captain Jerry Cappa, announcer of the day, directed the record crowd to various displays and demonstrations of the Depot's daily operational activities. The displays and activities included the Fire Department, the U. S. Army Hospital, the National Guard, the Transportation Division, the Storage Division and the Nike.

Prior to and at the conclusion of the scheduled program the guided diesel engine and transportation bus tours through the restricted area accommodated about 700 adults and youngsters. They had the opportunity of seeing and learning about the vastness of BHOD's storage facilities and methods used in handling ammunition.

Major John Blette who had chaired the various committee sessions for Armed Forces Day remarked, "The success of the days activities and the enthusiam of the hundreds of persons that attended exceeded the anticipation of the members of the planning committee."


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