Military Museum to mark D-Day
From Mirror staff reports
BOALSBURG — Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, took place 75 years ago this June 6 and the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County, will remember that event with its annual World War II Revisited encampment on May 25 and 26.
Axis and Allied units will encamp in the “hedgerow countryside” on the museum grounds, detailing life in the field with the uniforms, weapons and equipment used by both sides in the mid-20th century World War.
New to the event this year will be a group representing the 111th Naval Construction Battalion.
This unit, stationed at Portsmouth, England, deployed late afternoon arriving on the beaches of France the evening of June 6.
“We chose to portray the 111th because we felt that the efforts of the Seabees in the European Theater were underrated,” command leader Mike Kirby said. “Especially during the Normandy invasion, their service was either not understood or in most cases not even known or acknowledged.”
The public is invited to tour the camps and stay for the combat demonstration at 12:45 p.m. Several temporary exhibits are planned in remembrance of the 75th anniversary.
“Honoring the service of these brave men and women is important, particularly as we continue to say our goodbyes to this, the Greatest Generation,” museum Curator Jennifer Gleim said.
“We’ve highlighted the women who served in new roles during the war. We’re also featuring the gear of a motorcycle escort driver, a paratrooper who landed on D-Day and a gunner who flew 66 missions on a B-26 Marauder,” Gleim said.
Guest lecturer Scott Davis will discuss the 509th Composite Group that dropped the A-bomb at 3 p.m. Saturday in the museum theater.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine at 51 Boal Ave., is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
For information on activities, call 466-6263 or visit www.pamilmuseum.org.