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SEP 21

World War II Weekend

Get ready for the National Park Service's World War II living history weekend at the Eisenhower National Historic Site with authentic recreations of Allied and German army camps, complete with original World War II vehicles. Several hundred living history enthusiasts from over forty organizations will portray military personnel from the European Theater in 1944.

Living history volunteers will present programs on World War II medical services, weapons and equipment, communications, military vehicles, and the life of the common soldier. Dozens of World War II jeeps and trucks will be displayed and mock Army Air Force bomber squadron mission briefing reenacted. Throughout the weekend, WWII veterans will share their experiences in the European and Pacific Theaters. 

Both days retired National Security Agency employee Rick Henderson will be on hand to demonstrate a captured German Enigma Code Machine, the Eisenhower bookstore will host several book signings, and Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel will present free guided walks about the World War II dead buried in the Soldiers' National Cemetery at 5:00pm Saturday, 10:00am and 1:00pm Sunday.

Saturday night a World War II style "USO" dance will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, featuring 1940s music by the Gettysburg Big Band. Open to the public, tickets will be sold at the door for $10. A cash bar will be available.

The encampment will be open Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission to the Eisenhower National Historic Site is by shuttle bus. Buses depart from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center located at 1195 Baltimore Pike. Weather permitting, on-site parking for cars only will also be available again this year in a farm field accessible off of Emmitsburg Road, Business Route 15.  Bus groups and visitors using wheelchairs should plan to use the shuttle system.  For bus reservations, call 1-877-874-2478. Fees to enter the site by shuttle bus are adults, $9; children 6-12, $5; children age 6 and under are admitted free.            

Be advised that all programs are subject to change.  For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717-338-9114 or visit the website.

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  • SEP 21
  • SEP 22

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