While scrolling through Facebook one night my husband found a World War II Reenactment that was going to be taking place not far from our home. We decided that we wanted to clear our schedule and take our three boys along to experience the event. The event was held in Peoria, Illinois at Sommer Park. We made the short drive on Sunday morning. We arrived and right off the bat we noticed the beautiful tanks displayed.
We walked around for a while and visited with different camps. The camps were set up just like they would have been during the war. Small tents were set up, field hospitals were set up, men were cooking meals and everyone was so friendly! Our boys were able to shoot machine guns, and take pictures on various equipment.
After walking around for a while we headed down to where the reenactment was to take place. The reenactment was to showcase the Battle of the Bulge and how the allied forces made it to Germany. Soldiers took their positions, tanks were put in to place and the battle began. Talk about the neatest experience! The tanks moved around and began the battle, soldiers moved around, guns were shot; it was a very humbling experience. The boys were excited about the live action, but also realized in the real war members didn’t make it back home.
After the reenactment was over we walked around and visited a few more sites. We stopped at the Honor Flight booth and made a donation. The gentlemen said to us “Thank you for bringing these little boys and keeping the memory of our men and women alive!” I will never forget that statement and realize more than ever; if we don’t teach our young about history the memory of those great men and women will be forgotten.
If there happens to be a World War II Military Fest around you please take the time and go see the reenactments. You will not be disappointed! The volunteers do an amazing job! Everyone was so friendly and we had a great family day.