The Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry in Port Clinton will honor the sacrifices made by veterans of all conflicts Monday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the marksmanship competition’s First Shot ceremony.
Scheduled to appear, weather permitting, will be a WWII B-25 bomber from the Yankee Air Museum in Willow Run, Michigan and a WWII Navy Avenger torpedo bomber from the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton. In addition, military vehicles parade alongside the ranges toward the crowd. Re-enactors in WWII uniforms will ride within the vintage vehicles.
First Shot Speaker will be Director of Civilian Marksmanship, Emeritus, Gary Anderson. Anderson is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who also carries seven World Championships and 16 National Championships in his list of accomplishments. In June 2012, he was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee – the highest honor given. Anderson will fire the first shot of the National Matches with his Model 70 rifle, which he used to win one of his U.S. National Championships.
At the conclusion of the First Shot Ceremony, a dedication will follow at the newly established Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center – CMP’s air gun facility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held, as well as a Dedication Prize Shoot that is open to all dedication attendees.
Prizes will be given to the top shooters of the match. Range Open Houses for those unable to attend the Dedication Ceremony will be held July 8 from 5-7 p.m. and July 17 from 5-8 p.m.
The First Shot Ceremony and the Range Dedication events are free and open to the public. For more information on the National Matches, visit www.thecmp.org/NM/Rifle.htm.
For more information about the CMP and its programs, visit www.TheCMP.org.