Story and photo by Andrea Smith
Public Affairs Office
Zombies are scheduled to return to Fort Leonard Wood from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Main Post Exchange parking lot. The Directorate of Emergency Services is calling all children, ages 12 and younger, to help them protect the community from the flesh-eating undead during the annual Zombie Attack.
During the event, children will be given the opportunity to battle zombies and collect candy, thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers and support from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, the Military Police Basic Officer Leader Course, the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department and many others.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Lillard, Operations Noncommissioned Officer at DES, explained that the purpose of the Zombie Attack is to allow the children and community law enforcement to create a positive relationship.
“Introducing kids to law enforcement in a positive way is very important,” Lillard said. “This not only allows them to have fun, but it allows the kids to see that our Military Police officers and local law enforcement are approachable at all times.”
This is the third annual Zombie Attack. The idea originally came from DES Director Lt. Col. Graham Swenson in 2016 when he arrived to the installation.
“The purpose of this event is for the kids to have fun, but it is also a representation of love for our community,” Swenson said. “This is also a good representation of how much the law enforcement and the fire department of Fort Leonard Wood truly care for their community.”
Volunteers will be transformed into zombies with the help of volunteer make-up artists, giving them the best zombie appearance possible.
Children will be given foam-dart blasters to fight off zombies who lurk around patrol vehicles and various obstacles. After they defeat the undead, children are able to trunk or treat with volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer for the Zombie Attack or have questions concerning the event, contact Lillard at 573.569.6310.