The 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory in World War Victory will be commemorated around the world in 2020, and Georgia will be part of it with the 17th annual WWII Heritage Days, May 2-3, 2020, at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will celebrate the 1940s, salute the Greatest Generation and inspire all ages to preserve the legacy of America’s veterans. World War II veterans will be honored throughout the weekend.
A record crowd exceeding 5,000 attended WWII Heritage Days in 2019 where the CAF Dixie Wing commemorated the 75Th Anniversary of D-Day with paratrooper drops from D-Day C-47 transport planes and an opening ceremony that featured guest speakers from France and Canada. The US Army Golden Knights parachute team and Maneuver of Excellence Band from Ft. McPherson also participated.
“WWII Heritage Days is an immersion experience,” said Jim Buckley, leader of the all-volunteer CAF Dixie Wing. “The sights and sounds will inspire people of all ages and walks of life to connect with the legacy of The Greatest Generation.”
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 from a dozen states helped create the 1940s atmosphere, supported by WWII Heritage Days sponsors the Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau and Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field.
The CAF Dixie Wing hosted 78 World War II veterans, the largest gathering in the state of Georgia
On Saturday evening, the romance and glamor of the Big Band Era will return during “Keep ‘em Flying”, a 1940s-theme hangar dance featuring a live 20-piece swing band. The evening is set in the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, decorated to recreate the ambiance of the period. The dance has become a regional tradition, selling out each of the last six years.
“The CAF is best known as the largest World War II flying museum in the world,” said Buckley “but our mission is to educate, inspire and honor through flight.” In keeping with the mission, WWII Heritage Days also features vehicles aircraft and vehicles from the Korean War and Viet Nam War.
WWII Heritage Days and Keep ‘em Flying have drawn enthusiasts to Peachtree City from throughout the southeast. Past participating organizations include the Atlanta History Center, Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History & Holocaust Education, Atlanta WWII Round Table, American Rosie the Riveters Association, U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and military vehicle clubs. Local civic organizations and schools are invited to participate.