WWII Heritage Days to Honor the Women of the Greatest Generation

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The sights and sounds of The Greatest Generation will come alive when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the eleventh annual “WWII Heritage Days” April 26-27, 2014.

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The sights and sounds of The Greatest Generation will come alive when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the eleventh annual “WWII Heritage Days” April 26-27, 2014. The history festival will be held at The Historical Airpower Facility, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City, GA from 9am-4pm both days.

The weekend will again feature historic aircraft, antique cars, vintage military vehicles, guest speakers, education displays, demonstrations by reenactors portraying Allied and Axis troops, and activities for school age kids. Highlights include an opening ceremony recognizing local WWII veterans and a 1940’s hangar dance.

The theme of the 2014 opening ceremony, Honoring The Women of The Greatest Generation, will pay tribute to women who served in the military and on the Home Front. Activities begin at 9:30am with a patriotic music program performed by Bombshells United.

Maj Gen George Harrison, USAF, Ret. will serve as master of ceremonies.

Almost 400,000 women served in and with the armed forces during World War II, including 74,000 women served in the American Army and Navy Nurse Corps. More than 1,000 women served as pilots associated with the US Air Force in the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots), but were considered civil service workers, and weren't recognized for their military service until the 1970s.

On July 1, 2009 President Obama signed into law S. 614, a bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the WASP.

When the United States entered WWII in 1941, 12 million women were working outside the home. Four years later when the war ended, the number was up to 18 million (one third of the workforce), including 3 million women who worked in war plants. Today, women who worked in the defense industry are often referred to as Rosie the Riveter.

Saturday evening will bring back the Big Band sound at “Keep ‘em Flying”, a 1940s theme hangar dance fundraiser featuring The Peachtree Jazz Edition. 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.

“WWII Heritage Days is a living history classroom,” said Jim Buckley, CAF Dixie Wing leader “Over 200 volunteers from twenty-five organizations join us in creating the weekend.” The event draws World War II history enthusiasts to Peachtree City from throughout the southeast.

Participating organizations include the American Rosie the Riveters Association, Atlanta History Center, Five-oh-First, Kellys’s Zeroes, Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History & Holocaust Education, Marine Corps League, Museum of Aviation, Naval Sea Cadets, 1st Infantry Division (reenacted), 134th IR134 "Hoch und Deutschmeister" and the U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum.

Local civic organizations and schools are also invited to create and display 1940’s exhibits.

Why turn a flying museum into a classroom? “Our goal is to preserve and teach the story of The Greatest Generation, the men and women who won the Second World War.” explained Buckley.

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 21st, $60 at the door. Reserved tables and group discounts available. All ticket sales final. For more information, please visit http://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. http://www.commemorativeairforce.org

Chris Madrid
Public Information Officer
CAF Dixie Wing
770-655-3315 (C)

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