YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) is celebrating a major milestone.
For 75 years YPG has been testing equipment to help keep our military safe.
Now, Yumans have the opportunity to come on the base to experience all that YPG does and celebrate their many years of success.
The 75th anniversary celebration is on February 3, 2018.
Festivities last all day starting at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 7:30 a.m.
"We are going to have three live bands, the military free fall school will come in and jump the flag in for our opening ceremonies," Rick Bessett, director of family, morale, welfare and recreation at YPG told News 11.
"Air craft will fly over to open the show and we will have the equipment that has been tested at Yuma Proving Ground over the last 75 years that will be all around the fields so you can actually climb on it and touch it and talk to people who have actually tested it and utilized the equipment," he added.
The event is great for all ages. There will be a kids zone with rock climbing for kids.
There will also be food and beer vendors. Toping the celebration off, will be a 15 minute firework display around 6:30 p.m.
This celebration is a big mark in their history book.
"Yuma has supported Yuma Proving Grounds from the very first start when Patton came out here and the testing was for bridges so that they could go out into North Africa," Bessett said. "It is just an amazing feat for any installation, especially a test installation to just complete their installation over and over and over again to support our troops throughout the world with testing the equipment that they're going to be using in theater and in their daily lives to keep them safe," he said.
For many, this will be a great opportunity to see first-hand all that YPG does for our military.
"I know there's many generations of people in Yuma that have never been to YPG," Bessett said. "They've heard about it many times but they've never actually taken the drive out there or actually been out there or been on the installation and this will be an opportunity for you to come out and see what Yuma Proving Grounds does because they are one of the army's premier test facilities and so our motto out there is test for the best," he said.
The event is free. Be sure to bring your I.D. for security checks upon arrival.