It was a busy day in Alexandria Bay as Fort Drum soldiers and their families filled the 1000 Islands community for 2012 Riverfest.
Riverfest is held each year by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and Fort Drum’s Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) departments as the kick-off event to 2012 Mountainfest.
This year nearly 6,000 people poured into the Alexandria Bay community to enjoy a day on the river, visiting Boldt Castle and enjoying time with the family exploring the community.
Major General Mark Milley says that it is the strong bond between community and the 10th Mountain Division that is most important, and shows during events such as Riverfest.
“This is a great example of the North Country embracing the United States military and the 10th Mountain Division,” said Major General Milley. “About two thirds of our soldiers either own or live in rentals in the local communities. So that link, that bond between the North Country and its communities and the 10th Mountain Division has really been forged in the crucible of combat over the last 10 years, it’s very tight and this is really an expression of commitment between both the soldiers, their families, 10th Mountain and the communities of the North Country.”
This year the picnic lunch was moved from Boldt Castle to the pavilion near the hospital. This allowed for families to explore the local businesses and shops while enjoying an afternoon on the river.
For more information and to hear from Major General Mark Milley, watch the complete video story.