On Thursday, May 22, 82nd Paratroopers past and present will gather for one of the most moving ceremonies in our town’s collective history — the All American Review — in celebration of All American Week on Fort Bragg. The annual event was canceled last year due to the deployment of the division. This year, with all but one brigade returned from war, the 82nd will celebrate and pay homage to its past and present in a week-full of events, with the review taking center stage.
The review brings veterans of all ages to Pike Field for a moving ceremony. Proud young men, fresh from war, will walk in step with the men who fought before them. Grey-haired veterans, some with canes will stand a little straighter and march a little quicker in the company of heroes.
This year’s event will draw national attention as the troops will pass in review not only to the eyes of the division commander, but also the Commander In Chief, as President George W. Bush makes a visit to Fort Bragg to thank the troops for their service to the nation. While on Bragg, the president will also meet with families who have lost loved ones in the war.
The review begins at 10 a.m. at Pike Field. The review will bring together more than 14,000 troopers and veterans. Follwing the review, a memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the 82nd Airborne Division Museum on Ardennes Street.