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Williamsport remembers World War II

October 08, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

WILLIAMSPORT -- More than 1,500 people attended Williamsport's World War II Weekend last year, said Joan Knode coordinator of events at the Town Museum.

More features have been added to this year's three-day event at Springfield Farm in Byron Memorial Park. It starts Friday, and organizers expect it might draw 2,500 to 3,000 people.

The weekend will feature a GI Joe display, history speakers, World War II re-enactors and a Fairchild PT-19 flyover.

The flyover, weather permitting, will be between noon and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Organizer Kim Bowers said there will be re-enactors representing the U.S., Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Japan.

An estimated 300 people as well as Humvees and antique cars are expected to participate in Saturday's Salute to Soldiers Parade, said Jim Jewell, parade coordinator. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. with three minutes of church bells ringing. Maj. Gen. Raymond Mason will be the grand marshal.

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The parade proceeds from Springfield Farm past the Little League field on Church Street and through downtown Williamsport back through the park to the farm.

A Military Wall of Honor will be unveiled during Saturday's recognition ceremony for military members. All military members, military widows and family members of active military members away on duty are invited to sign the wall after the ceremony on Saturday or on Sunday.

For more information call Joan Knode at 301-223-7229 or Kim Bowers at 301-223-5002.

Highlights



Friday, Oct. 9

7 p.m. -- "Casablanca" screening with 1942 newsreel, cartoons and Three Stooges short; 50 cents

Saturday, Oct. 10

7 to 9 a.m. -- Pancake breakfast, $5

11 a.m. -- Salute to Soldiers Parade through Byron Memorial Park and downtown Williamsport

1:30 p.m. -- Patriotic concert by Blue & Gray Mens Chorus

2:30 p.m. -- Recognition ceremony for military members.

7 p.m. -- USO Dance with Jump Alley, $5

Sunday, Oct. 11

10:30 a.m. -- World War II-style Sunday morning worship service

1 p.m. -- World War II model airplane contest. Bring your model.

2 p.m. -- Williamsport Community Band concert featuring Williamsport resident Tech. Sgt. David Dell

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