Escape Plan: WW II weekend at Gettysburg

September 13, 2010|By Peter Krause, The Baltimore Sun

Starting the workweek may be a drag, but things could be worse — it could be 1944 and you could be on a battlefield in the middle of World War II. Celebrate that you have only the 9-to-5 and not enemy fire to contend with by going to the World War II Weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pa. Whether you choose to kick up your heels at the "USO" dance, watch demonstrations of authentic equipment and vehicles by "living history" enthusiasts, or enjoy an educational puppet show, the event is a chance to honor America's history.

The plan: Report for duty at 9 a.m. Saturday and hear U.S. veterans speak about their experiences on Omaha Beach or in the Battle of the Bulge. Take a break and have lunch in a recreated army mess tent, experience a 1940s fashion show or attend a book signing or puppet show. In the evening, join a guided tour of Gettysburg's National Cemetery and then head to the Visitor Center from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for an authentic "USO" style dance.

Stay overnight in Gettysburg and hear more veterans speak Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or attend mass with an Army Chaplain at 10 a.m. Demonstrations, cemetery tours and more activities continue throughout the day.

The details: The World War II Weekend is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pa. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 6. For more information go to nps.gov/eise or call 717-338-9114 ext. 10.

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