For my fellow WW2 history buffs, lots of photos and a video or two to enjoy.
I took my mom today. We had a blast. The weather was muggy and a lot of bugs were around, so we left before getting to see some cool afternoon stuff, including the cavalry presentation and a tactical demonstration with weapons (firing blanks). I might consider returning Sunday to catch what we missed. It did cost $8 ($6 for kids/seniors) to attend.
I wasn't aware of the events schedule until we got there, so alas, we missed most of the 11 a.m. weapons demonstration. The 508th Paratrooper demonstration did feature a brief "you are there" segment from D-Day, including some weapons demonstrations using blanks, which made for a cool iPod Touch video.
The events list:
We arrived a bit late, and only caught the mortar segment of the weapons demonstrations:
And saw the others who had already participated:
They invited attendees (kids and adults alike) to grab the spent shell casings from the fired blanks, as souvenirs, and my mom managed to snag one. Not sure you can read the inscription on it, but it says "45 AUTO * BLANK" so I suspect it was from the demo firing of the Thompson SMG.