Remembering WWII 2016: Living History, Education & Honor

Remembering WWII 2016: Living History, Education & Honor

 WWII history will come to life at this incredible, hands-on living history event. Attendees will experience two WWII re-enactments, an army encampment, live big band music, an authentic recreation of the 1940s Cafe de Normandie, vintage vehicles, antiques vendors, WWII jeep rides, and more. Most importantly, they will have a rare opportunity not only to hear WWII veterans share their stories, but will be able to speak with them and express their appreciation in person. Join us in Linden, TN, Sept. 25, 2016, for an unforgettable day of honoring our heroes, connecting personally with the past, and experiencing a taste of life in the 1940s.

 


Announcement: WWII Veterans invited

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Event hosts would like to extend an open invitation to all WWII veterans to come to Remembering WWII: Living History, Education, & Honor, on Sept. 24, 2016.

Our primary desire for this event is to honor our veterans in very real and tangible ways; and we also wish to provide attendees young & old an opportunity to connect personally with the people who played a role in the events of WWII 70 years ago.

Lunch and dinner will be provided for all WWII veterans who attend, in addition to a special commemorative pin & sash. Veterans will be able to enjoy everything the event has to offer, free of charge and with the assistance of our staff if desired, including live 1940s music, an army encampment, reenactment battles, and special speakers.

If interested, veterans can set up a table in “Vet Alley”, where the public can come to meet them, view memorabilia, and ask them questions about their lives and experiences. Veterans can also participate in the afternoon parade, riding in vintage military vehicles. And the evening dinner and USO-style show at the close of the event will include a special time of thanks and musical tribute. We believe that the opportunity to honor and learn from “the Greatest Generation” is incredibly valuable and should be capitalized on.

If you are a WWII veteran and are interested in being involved in this event, or if you have a veteran family member whom you would like to bring, please register your veteran here or contact Jonathan at: veterans@rememberingwwii.com

 

 

Meet our Veterans

Rememberin WWII Reenactment Living History 1940s Event Linden, TN Don Jakeway

Don Jakeway enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in October 1942, the same year that he graduated from high school. Don volunteered for the paratroopers and after initial training at Camp Toccoa, he was sent to Camp Blanding where the 508th had been activated. After jump training at Ft. Benning, he and the rest of the 508th were sent to Europe where they jumped into history. Don jumped with the 508th into Normandy and again in The Netherlands where he was wounded. He was back with his unit for the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded once again. more WWII veterans. . .

Be a part: contribute to the Memorial Wall

At Remembering WWII 2016, we would love to honor as many WWII veterans as possible (including those who may have passed on or who will be unable to attend), so we are erecting a Memorial Wall that will be used to post photos commemorating WWII veterans. We encourage the public to contribute photos of their own veteran family members.

Please bring your items to the Veteran Registration Booth at the event, and staff will assist you in placing them on the wall. Those who bring photos will also have an opportunity to carry the photos in the Veterans Parade. More details will be available at the Veteran Registration Booth.