Van and Bonnie at Gold Star Museum Memorial Day INFO MAP

JOHNSTON, Iowa - Van and Bonnie in the morning will broadcast live at the Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge Monday morning, May 23, 2018.  Everyone is welcome!

It's Van and Bonnie's 15th Memorial Day at the annual observance and open house, and they will broadcast live from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the museum located at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston.

Free breakfast while it lasts

A complimentary “S.O.S.” (“Stuff on a Shingle”) breakfast will be served from 6:00 a.m. to 9a.m.  or until supplies run out of the genuine military recipe of sausage gravy on biscuits.

Fresh “Army” coffee and “Bug Juice” (orange drink) will also be served with breakfast.

There will be vintage and modern military vehicles and equipment on display, re-enactors from the Civil War, World War I and II, Korean War, and Vietnam War, the firing of a 105 mm howitzer and Civil War cannon, and a vintage military aircraft flyover. 

As always, admission is free.

State photo Identification required

Visitors can enter Camp Dodge on Memorial Day through either the main gate at 7105 NW 70th Ave. in  Johnston or the historic East Gate at 7700 NW Beaver Drive, Johnston. 

Photo identification is required, driver's license is acceptable, for anyone 16 and older.

Note that ALL motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) on Camp Dodge are required by Department of Defense policy to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consisting of helmet, eye protection (full-face shield or goggles or sunglasses), gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and over-the-ankle footwear while traveling on Camp Dodge. Motorcyclists without the required PPE may park their motorcycles at the NW Beaver Drive gate turnaround and walk to the museum (approximately three blocks).

Established in 1985, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is the only federally recognized repository for military artifacts in the state of Iowa. The mission of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is twofold: to preserve Iowa’s military history and honor the military service of all Iowans.

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