America’s Largest WW II Reenactment Takes Place at D-Day Conneaut, Ohio, Aug 22-23

GIs hit the shores of Lake Erie in authentic Higgens Boats, during D-Day Conneaut, America’s largest World War II reenactment, taking place Aug. 22-23, 2014.

Over 1,400 reenactors from all over the Untied States and Canada will converge on Conneaut, Ohio, August 22-23, 2014, to replay D-Day, making this America’s largest World War II reenactment.

D-Day Conneaut, which is free to the public, is a premier WWII living history event as well as a cultural, historical, and highly authentic reenactment of the days and weeks leading up to and including the Invasion of France. Three mock battles are fought during the reenactment.

You can explore fully working Allied and Axis camps complete with troops and their equipment, and view numerous living history displays with reenactors depicting medical units, weapons depots, field kitchens, the Red Cross, war photographers, and radio switchboards and communication stations.

You can watch demonstrations on tactics and firing of weapons including the only live firing German 88 in the United States and see the vehicles they used including a 1944 M4-A3 Sherman Tank, DUKW amphibious craft and working Higgins boats.

You are invited to meet WWII veterans who served and hear their stories. Last year over 125 WWII veterans attended the event as honored guests.

This year, as part of the ceremonies, there will be an official pinning of Legion of Honor. Dignitaries representing the Unites States, Canada, France and Norway who will address the crowd on Saturday, starting at noon.

On Friday afternoon there is an aerial show of the planes rehearsing for the main event on Saturday, when 3/4 scale T-51 Mustangs and a fully restored B-25 Bomber will fly over the beaches.

“Each year reenactors from as far away as California and Canada make the pilgrimage (at their own expense) to Conneaut to keep the stories alive and honor those who gave so much.”

With over 1400 reenactors participating, D-Day Conneaut is the largest US reenactment of the European Theater of Operations and D-Day Normandy invasion and now the largest WWII reenactment in the country.

Some 20,000 visitors are expected to converge on Conneaut for this year’s reenactment, which began in 1999.

The event occurs within the beautifully kept grounds of Conneaut Township Park, in Conneaut, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, near the border of Ohio/Pennsylvania, just off Interstate 90.

Conneaut’s 250 yard long beach and sloping adjacent terrain, where the main battle reenactment takes place, bears an uncanny resemblance to Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Other areas of the park provide secluded venues for recreations of inland skirmishes between the occupying German soldiers, French resistance fighters, and Allied parachute and Glider infantry.

“D-Day Conneaut’s mission is to educate the public about the sacrifice of those who fought and those who died on the beaches of Normandy, June 6, 1944 and to encourage remembrance, honor, and respect for the soldiers of the Allied and Axis armies of World War II.

“Through the encampments, battle reenactments, lectures, displays and tours, the public gains an understanding of the events that occurred prior to June 6, 1944, and the sacrifices made during and after the invasion.

Visit the Schedule page to see a complete program schedule and listing of events in and around Conneaut, all designed to help honor and celebrate the accomplishments of “The Greatest Generation”. first-time visitors can also go to the First Timers link for some additional tips and information (www.ddayohio.us/first-timer.htm).

Reenactors are encouraged to camp with their unit  on site, but visitors can take advantage of numerous bed and breakfast inns and a few quaint motor lodges, plus a campground, that are located near the park/event.  For a list of other lodging options in the Conneaut area, go to everythingconneautohio.info/where-to-stay.

Further travel information is available at www.ddayohio.us/travel-info.htm.

For information, go to www.ddayohio.us.

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