Currahee Military Weekend Gets Underway

October 4, 2013

It is Currahee Military Weekend in Stephens County.

Activities kicked off Thursday night with a musical tribute to veterans at the SchaeferCenter in downtown Toccoa.

More activities get underway today throughout Toccoa and Stephens County.

First, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce BBQ runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Toccoa First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Then from 1 to 4 p.m. today, the annual book signing and autograph session with the World War II veterans will take place in the Mitchell Allen Meeting Room at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa.

Stephens County Historical Society Executive Director Brenda Carlan said that event is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the veterans.

“It is very interesting and humbling to watch these men,” said Carlan.  “It is just really exciting to watch them because they really enjoy the opportunity to share their stories with our visitors.”

Later tonight, the USO Hangar Dance takes place at the Toccoa-Stephens County Airport from 7 to 11 p.m.

Moving to Saturday, things start with the Currahee Challenge Run-Walk at Currahee Mountain.  The 3-mile run begins at 7:45 a.m. and the six-mile run starts at 8:30 a.m.

Following that, activities move back to downtown Toccoa at 10:50 a.m. with a parachute jump team at Boyd Field.

Carlan said the veteran’s parade will then start at 11 a.m. in downtown Toccoa.

“It starts around Regions Bank on Doyle   Street,” said Carlan.  “It ends here at the depot.”

Following the parade, opening ceremonies will take place at the Depot in downtown Toccoa.

Throughout the day, there will be living history re-enactors, memorabilia on display, and many other activities.

Then at 2 p.m., Carlan said they will host a new event at the Depot called the “2025 Grenade Toss.”

She said the competition raises money for the Historical Society while offering great prizes.

According to Carlan, first place is $500, second place is $200, and third place is $100

“Every grenade gets a prize,” said Carlan.

Each grenade costs $25.

Saturday activities wrap up with the Banquet and Auction at 6 p.m., which will take place this year at the CampToccoa property on Currahee Mountain.

This year’s banquet will include a 1940s radio show as entertainment.

Currahee Military Weekend wraps up Sunday morning with the remembrance service at Currahee Mountain.

Carlan said this is always a very solemn event.

“We do not want anyone to forget what has happened 70-plus years ago and what these men and their families went through,” said Carlan.  “It is not just a time to recognize our Camp Toccoa World War II veterans, but all veterans.”

Carlan said she appreciates all of the community’s support each year for Currahee Military Weekend.

She said that she feels it is a very unique and special event.

“I do not know of anybody in the United   States that has or will ever have the history or the stories we have here concerning World War II,” said Carlan.

Stay tuned to WNEG for live reports from Currahee Military Weekend activities both today and Saturday.

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