PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (May 8, 2019) – More than 75 World War II veterans enjoyed the sights and sounds of the 16th Annual World War II Heritage Days at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum in Peachtree City, Ga., April 27-28. A record crowd exceeding 5,000 helped greet and honor the veterans and enjoy the aircraft, vehicles and activities throughout the weekend, which was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Europe.
Highlights of the event included the appearance of three C-47 transport aircraft that actually were used in the D-Day invasion 75 years ago, special jumps by the U. S. Army Golden Knights, and a WWII reenactment display by the Liberty Jump Team from a C-47, much as it would have looked 75 years ago. Volunteer reenactors staged mock European battles for the crowd to watch, and rides were available on the Dixie Wing’s vintage warbirds, the C-47 “That’s All Brother;” and a helicopter from the Army Aviation Historical Foundation in Hampton.
“It was truly heartwarming to see children and guests of all ages take time to talk to these WWII veterans,” said Wing Leader Jim Buckley. “Their numbers are dwindling every day, but the veterans at WWII Heritage Days were happy to share their stories and receive thanks for their service. The mission of WWII Heritage Days is to celebrate the 1940s, salute the Greatest Generation and inspire all ages to preserve the legacy of America’s veterans.”
“The crowd enjoyed the gathering of C-47 transport planes, including ‘That’s All Brother,’ which will travel to Europe later in May to participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day,” said D-Day Squadron spokesperson Mo Aguiari. “People had a chance to see and ride in this historic C-47 so carefully restored by the CAF, just before it flies over the Atlantic for the momentous commemoration in June.”
The Saturday night Hangar Dance, which recreated the feel of the 1940s, was sold out for the sixth consecutive year. The CAF brought an inflatable dome theater that played a short movie about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, and American Legion Post 50 provided hot sandwiches and the ever-popular Spam-burgers.
WWII Heritage Days is the largest World War II-theme event in the state of Georgia, bringing together historic aircraft, dozens of vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations. More than 500 volunteers helped create the 1940s atmosphere, supported by WWII Heritage Days sponsors the Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau and Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field.