Experience the sights and sounds of the Greatest Generation when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the tenth annual “WWII Heritage Days” April 27-28, 2013.
The history festival will be held at The Historical Airpower Facility, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City from 9am-4pm both days.
The weekend will again feature vintage aircraft, period vehicles, guest speakers, education displays and demonstrations by reenactors portraying Allied and Axis troops and activities for school age kids. Local actors and singers from Twilight Theatre will impersonate 1940’s celebrities and perform musical hits from the era throughout the weekend.
Bruce Gamble, author of SWASHBUCKLERS AND BLACK SHEEP: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II
, will lead a panel discussion featuring two pilots from the famous squadron, while award-winning aviation artist Marc Stewart will be displaying several of his WWII-theme prints.
“WWII Heritage Days is a community celebration that will entertain and educate the entire family,” said Jim Buckley, CAF Dixie Wing leader. The event draws enthusiasts to Peachtree City from throughout the southeast.
Why turn a flying museum into a living history classroom? “Our goal is to honor the Greatest Generation, the men and women who won the Second World War.” explained Buckley, who also flies several of the group’s aircraft.
Weekend highlights include an opening ceremony recognizing World War II veterans and “Keep ‘em Flying”, a 1940’s-theme hangar dance fundraiser. Proceeds from the dance offset the cost of WWII Heritage Days, aircraft preservation and “Education Through Living History”, the group’s WWII history program made available to schools and youth groups free of charge.
Sunday morning will begin with a jeep-top religious service familiar to millions of American servicemen during and since the Second World War.
Organizations scheduled to attend include the Atlanta History Center, U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum, Marietta Museum of History, Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History & Holocaust Education, 1st Infantry Division (reenacted), Five-oh-First, 134th IR134 "Hoch und Deutschmeister" and Kelly’s Zeroes.
Local civic organizations and schools are also invited to create and display 1940’s exhibits.
WWII Heritage Days is an annual program that promotes education and patriotism. The CAF Dixie Wing is a non-profit education organization that relies on fundraisers and donations to restore WWII aircraft and teach WWII history.
Suggested donation for “WWII Heritage Days” is $5, Children 5 and under free. “WWII Heritage Days” will be held rain or shine. Please no pets. Tickets for “Keep ‘em Flying” are $50 before April 22nd, $60 at the door. Reserved tables and group discounts available. 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.
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CAF Dixie Wing