Museum Grand Opening

Event Details

Sat, Aug 26, 2017
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

First Division Museum at Cantigny Park

1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
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Join us for a traditional military ceremony to honor the 100-year history of the 1st Infantry Division and ribbon cutting for the newly updated First Division Museum

Color Guard & Salute Battery:
The Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard. Established in 1992, the CGMCG provides a link to Fort Riley’s and Kansas’ historic past. The CGMCG is made of active-duty service members who travel to ceremonies and events across the country to portray federal Soldiers on the plains of Kansas during the Civil War era. They perform mounted demonstrations that exhibit the skill and precision required of a cavalry Soldier. Troopers and horses of this unit are outfitted in period-appropriate uniforms, accoutrements and equipment.

The salute battery is a tradition where military artillerymen greet distinguished visitors, general officers, etc. with a number of shots from a cannon or cannons. The number of shots is dependent upon the rank or seniority of the person. They also fire for the raising and lowering of the U.S. flag. All shots fired are powder only — no projectiles. It is an honor to be greeted by a salute battery.


Historic Vehicles

Zoo to You
What kind of animals do our soldiers find in their missions around the world? A Zoo to You will allow you to meet some of these unique animals that became adorable mascots or were avoided whenever possible.

Obstacle Course
See if you can navigate the First Division Museum’s 85-foot inflatable boot camp obstacle course.

Photo Booth
Gather to pose or just gather to watch, Fotio is sure to get even the most camera shy into the action. Pictures are uploaded to an online gallery for guests to use on Facebook, or your social media of choice, immediately after the event! Army themed props will be on hand to help you stage the perfect photo.

Beer Tent & Food Trucks

Cantigny Pop Up Shop
New military items and custom dog tags will be available for sale in the museum’s lobby.

Chicago Brass Band
The Chicago Brass Band will be performing before the opening ceremony and the accompanying patriotic music for the ceremony. The Chicago Brass Band is a 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble formed in 2002 to promote the British brass band tradition but with Chicago flair.

Music in Parade Field
11:15am-12:45pm | Dave Eno
1-2:30pm | Joe Kalish
2:45-4:15pm | Dave Eno
4:30-6pm | Joe Kalish
6:30-8pm | Andrew Salgado