World War II history enthusiasts, there is a monumental living history event taking place on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 that you don't want to miss. D-Day Ohio, Inc. will be staging the largest D-Day (invasion of the Normandy Beaches in France on June 6, 1944) re-enactment in the United States. It is approximately a one hour, 15 minute drive from Cleveland.
D-Day Conneaut Taking place on the grounds of Conneaut Township Park, this 2-day, realistic and educational event will feature almost 1000 re-enactors from across the U.S. and Canada (representing various combat scenerios) in addition to planes, boats (amphibious Allied landings on the local beach which resembles Omaha Beach in Normandy, France) and military vehicles.
One highlight will be an appearance by a 1944 M4-A3 Sherman Tank from the Allen County Historical Society. There will be firing of the tank on Invasion Beach.
Other activities include an Allied Vs. Axis Soccer competition, a historic vehicle rally, an Allied Weapons demonstration and an Axis Weapons demonstration, a boat assault team demonstration and platoon demonstrations featuring mortar firing.
There will also be historic talks on such subjects as "American Women's Military Customs," "German Women in the Military,""1940's Woman's Clothing - Care & Identification" and "American Homefront: Rationing in the Kitchen."
A "must see" event is the Aerial Demonstration featuring the T-51 Mustang and a Mitchell B25J taking place at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Beach area.
Before the big D-Day invasion re-enactment there will be an additional battle -- The Battle for La Fier Bridge on Saturday at 11 a.m..
The premier event of this gathering, the Normandy Beach re-enactment of D-Day will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The event will wrap up with a USO-Style Dance being held at the Conneaut Human Resources Center (327 Mill Street) from 8 p.m. - midnight on Saturday evening. During the same hours, visitors can also attend the 1940's Canteen being held at the American Legion (272 Broad Street).
There will be plenty of vendors offering food and beverages for purchase. Be sure to check out the Friday night Fish Fry being offered at the nearby Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $10 per person.
Hours for D-Day Conneaut are 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. - midnight on Saturday. Admission is free. There is no on-site parking this year. There is ample around town and free shuttles will be provided.
For more information about D-Day Conneaut call 440-593-2402 or get online at www.ddayohio.us.
D-Day Conneaut will take place at Conneaut Township Park located at 480 Lake Rd. (Route 531) in Conneaut, Ohio. Conneaut is 73 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour, 15 minute drive.