WWII Heritage Days set for April

Tue, 03/06/2007 - 5:06pm
By: The Citizen

Experience the sights and sounds of World War II when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the fourth annual WWII Heritage Days April 14-15.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Historical Airpower Facility, Falcon Field, and will bring together reenactors, vehicles, vintage aircraft and exhibits as a living history experience for the entire family.

WWII Heritage Days is a community celebration that will entertain and educate the entire family. New to the event will be musical and radio-show performances by area theatre companies and choirs. Displays, demonstrations and activities and vendors will be available throughout the weekend. The event will feature reenacted WWII skirmishes between American and German troops and a ceremony that will pay tribute to all of America’s veterans.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at an army mess tent and Saturday will conclude with Keep ‘em Flying, a World War II-style hangar dance to benefit historic aircraft preservation and Education Through Living History, a WWII history program made available by volunteers to schools and youth groups free of charge.
Local chapters of the National Military Historical Association (NMHA) will represent allied and axis armies of WWII and the Georgia Military Vehicle Preservation Association (GMVPA) will display military vehicles from WWII to the Vietnam conflict. Other participating organizations include the National Association of Rosie the Riveters, the Southern Wing of the Airmen Preservation Society, the Museum of Aviation, Newnan Theatre and the Tuskegee Airmen International. Local civic organizations and schools are invited to create and display 1940s exhibits.
WWII Heritage Days is an annual program that promotes historic preservation, education and citizenship. The CAF Dixie Wing is a non-profit education organization that relies on donations and fund-raisers to restore WWII aircraft and teach WWII history.

Suggested donations for WWII Heritage Days is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The public is also asked to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Fayette Samaritans food pantry. WWII Heritage Days will be held rain or shine. Pets are not permitted.

Tickets for Keep ‘em Flying are $35 before April 9 and $40 at the door. Reserved tables for eight are $300. For more information, please visit www.wwiidays.org or call 678-364-1110.

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Midland, Texas, the organization has over 9,500 members and operates a fleet of over 150 World War II aircraft. Visit www.commemorativeairforce.org for more info.

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