Living History Demontrations
Schedule of Public Events
1400 (Noon) Public Access Opens
1500 (3:00pm) Troops arrive back from training Area
1630 (4:30pm) Monument Wreath Laying Community Club 1700
0830 (8:30am) Military vehicle convoy moves to Battlefield
0900 (9:00am) Buses Load Troops for Training Area
1000 (10:00am) Flea Market Opens to the public
1000 (10:00am) Displays open to the public
1530 (3:30pm) Troops arrive back from Training Area
1800 (4:00pm) Flea Market Closes
Wreath Laying Ceremony - Friday, February 2nd. 4:30 pm
Join WWII veterans and reenactors at one of the most important part of the event, as wreaths are laid in honor of those who served during the Battle of the Bulge.
This event takes place at the Battle of the Bulge Memorial, next to the 40 and 8 Box Car (Merci Train), at the intersection of Fisher and Clement Avenues.
The Allied Press Center features the various disciplines of the men and women who covered the war for media, historical and propaganda purposes. Reenactors represent and motion picture photographers, darkroom technicians undertaking film processing and printing in a recreated WWII darkroom, as well as writers and radio entertainers. At the Press Center, visitors can learn about how “pressmen” conducted their trade and about the equipment they used to cover the war.
These soldiers and civilians provided critical intelligence information to the army and in depth newspaper, radio and magazine coverage for public media outlets in the US and UK. WWII was the first major conflict using embedded military and civilian reporters and cameramen, and it represent a critical point in the evolution of public engagement around military and national security issues. For the US Homefront, the pressmen brought stories from the battlefield from distant lands into the average family’s home, making the war more tangible and immediate. This not only kept the American population informed of events, but helped support the war effort and encourage industry and frugality.
"Faith and Courage" (US Military Chaplain Heroism)
Women's Land Army (British)
Hands-on display showing the public how the women who joined up with the WLA were trained. They have Milking Stations, which include a reproduction "Milking trainer", a silage pit where they encourage everyone to try their skills. They also do a demonstration of measuring trees and have them do the math to figure out how much usable timber it would produce. They demonstrate "snedding" in a securely roped off area. The snedding is the only demonstration that is NOT a hands on exhibit. They do have pigs and chicken (don't worry they are stuffed animals) where they ask younger children to collect eggs which are filled with a farm animal stickers, and discuss the merits of pigs clubs during the war.
Essentially a canteen service, the NAAFI provided goods and services to the troops that were not provided by the Army. These services would be provided at cut rate costs to reduce the likelihood of the troops being cheated by the public. NAAFI was staffed by civilians, men and women, who would be enlisted into the army (Royal Army Service Corps for men and Auxiliary Territorial Service for women) in order to serve overseas. NAAFI’s ranged in size from mobile vans to tented camps to full department stores by the wars end. They served everything from tea and buns (Char and Wad) to razor blades, cigarettes, and shaving soap.