This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, or Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum offers an unparalleled way to commemorate the event by hosting their WWII Weekend.
For three days, June 6, 7 & 8, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum presents more than 1,700 living history re-enactors, dozens of vintage WW II aircraft, hundreds of military vehicles, and thousands of period artifacts. 1944 comes alive for show-goers who witness skirmishes and battles at the recreated airfield and wander the sprawling military camp. There will be 40’s era dancing, singing, comedy skits, live radio broadcasts and theater at the ‘Home Front’. One of the nation’s largest militaria flea markets in the nation, with more than 150 vendors, will spread along the taxiway. Most important of all, the story of the greatest conflict in human history will be told by those who were there.
I attended the World War II Weekend several years ago, and was quite moved by the experience. You can read my travel features below.
The first is my account of flying on a C-47, The Black Sparrow, with Mike Ingrisano of McLean, VA. Mike flew into France as a radioman in a C-47 on D-Day.
The second story is my account of a Troop Carrier Command reunion held in DE in 2003, and gives the accounts of the C-47 flight crews.
To learn more about the WWII Weekend, visit: http://maam.org/maamwwii.html