Camp Toccoa Marks D-Day

dday 1With the 70th anniversary of D-Day coming up this weekend, Stephens County takes time to mark the occasion at the Camp Toccoa site on Currahee Mountain.

The Camp Toccoa at Currahee organization held its annual D-Day Run/Memorial Walk and Memorial Service Saturday at the site where thousands of paratroopers trained to get ready for the second World War.

Camp Toccoa at Currahee Steering Committee Chair Cynthia Brown said it was a wonderful day.

“The weather could not have been better,” said Brown. “It was an opportunity for us to expand our events for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. We had a whole lot more runners than we had in the past.”

She said the walk and obstacle course will continue to grow and this year, re-enactors were also added.

All proceeds from the run, memorial walk, and obstacle course will benefit the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project.

That project’s goal is to preserve the site of World War II Camp Toccoa on Currahee Mountain and use it to honor and remember the paratroopers that trained there.

On Saturday, the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project also dedicated a new guard shack that has been constructed on the property.

Brown said this new guard shack is as authentic as possible.

“This building is constructed of true authentic Camp Toccoa materials,” said Brown.

She went on to say that authenticity is the chief goal of the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project.

“We do not need an amusement park,” said Brown. “We need the real history and the real Toccoa experience.”

Saturday, the Camp Toccoa at Currahee project also recognized the Hart EMC foundation for making a $10,000 donation to the effort.

Brown said that money helped put new roofs on buildings on site and will go towards constructing indoor restroom facilities on the site.

During Saturday’s memorial service, those in attendance heard from a relative of a paratrooper who trained at Camp Toccoa, as well as a current member of the 506th.