From its launch of operations in 1917, Camp Shelby is officially celebrating 100 years of service through multiple events this month, including a black-tie gala and family day.
Renowned veteran war correspondent and highly-acclaimed co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once...And Young,” Joe Galloway will deliver the keynote address during Camp Shelby’s black-tie gala at 6pm Thursday, July 13. The “Centennial Salute,” a formal-attire ticketed event, will be held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg and is open to military and civilian guests.
“We are honored for an individual, who is held in such high regard globally, to be joining us for a special night of celebration and recognition,” said Commander Col. Greg Michel. “Camp Shelby’s centennial marks a milestone in our history, and the American Solider has always been at the forefront of our operations. Through his writing and reporting, Mr. Galloway’s life work has given a remarkable amount of exposure to the valor and sacrifice of American Soldiers. To share this evening with him, along with distinguished veterans and our many comrades and sponsors, is a truly extraordinary opportunity.”
Along with Galloway’s keynote address, the gala will feature a multiple-course dinner, entertainment by The Victory Belles from the World War II Museum in New Orleans, a historical highlight video and official recognitions and presentations.
Tickets for the Centennial Salute can be purchased online at the Lake Terrace Facebook Event page or in person at Camp Shelby’s Mississippi Armed Forced Museum. Civilian rates for the Centennial Salute are $60 per person, and military rates are $50 per person. Tickets include entertainment, dinner, and cocktails for the evening. Sponsored tables of 10 or more are also available.
In addition, Camp Shelby will also host a family-friendly event during its centennial festivities. Camp Shelby Family Day will be held at the base from 9am to 4pm Saturday, July 15, and will be free and open to the public. The event will feature entertainment by the patriotic melody trio, The Victory Belles, country music artist Travis Clark, historic military equipment, WWII period re-enactors, aerial flyovers, Special Forces demonstrations, various food vendors and kid-friendly activities.