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Fort Drum Mountainfest event slated Wednesday

June 23, 2014

By Gordon Block, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.



June 23--FORT DRUM -- The post will open its doors to the community Wednesday as it marks its annual Mountainfest event.

Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. at the Division Hill Parade Field, as several military displays, games and a kids' fun zone open.

The Salute to the Nation will begin at 5 p.m., and will include a 56-gun salute for the 50 U.S. states and six territories.

That will be followed at 6 p.m. by a large concert featuring national country music acts Chris Cagle and Gloriana and Syracuse-based modern rock band Scars 'N Stripes. The show will be followed by a fireworks show.

After first writing for other singers, Chris Cagle has had many of his songs hit the charts, including "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," "What a Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It."

Among Gloriana's biggest hits are "(Kissed You) Good Night" and "Wild at Heart."

Scars 'N Stripes won the 2013 Syracuse Area Music Awards People's Choice Award.

The show is expected to draw as many as 25,000 people.

In an event listing, the post said that all visitors coming to the installation for Mountainfest who do not have a Department of Defense identification card must use the Nash Boulevard gate off Route 26 across from Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. No coolers, backpacks, glass bottles, pets or firearms/other weapons will be allowed during the event. The use of diaper bags or large purses will be allowed, but are subject to inspection and screening. Service animals will be permitted.

The festival is the culmination of about a week of activities for the post. On Tuesday, the post will hold a memorial ceremony for its 10 soldiers and one military-affiliated civilian who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2013.

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