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LAST WEEKEND IN JUNE
Saturday 27 June 2015
Thursday & Friday: set-up encampments
Saturday: 10 am - midnight
Sunday: breakfast, break-down & goodbyes
Every year reenactment units attend with period equipment,
weapons, Jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, GP tents,
pup tents and many artifacts on display.
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY THEME
Then, Now & TOMORROW
This theme will provide a great opportunity to compare the WWII era
to our current military, and show visitors and participants alike
the progress our military forces have made since the 1940s.
WWII encampments, reenactors, equipment, vehicles, weapons
WV National Guard to showcase current equipment, uniforms
R.O.T.C. and J.R.O.T.C - our future soldiers
(participation tentative at this time due to students out of class)
Click here to view, download and/or print the 2015 WWII event poster (legal size)
Poster can also be printed on letter size paper but will be narrower.
Click here to view, download and/or print the 2015 announcement "save the date"
SEND IN REGISTRATIONS BEFORE 10 JUNE 2015
Click here to download/print the 2015 reenactor registration form
Click here to submit your registration online
INFO WWII REENACTOR & PERIOD VEHICLE REGISTRATION : Maggie DeWeirdt
SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015
249th WV ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BAND
11:00 am - 12:30 pm on the field
The full band will be performing under the command of
CW5 Thomas Goff and SFC John Russell.
MILITARY COLUMN at 12:30 pm
Reenactors and vehicles drive through town with WWII Veterans and
halt at the Honor Roll site for the wreath laying ceremony.
Veterans of ALL wars are honored during the ceremony.
We invite and encourage you to join the column with your military or personal vehicle.
10th WREATH LAYING CEREMONY at 1:00 pm
Honor Roll site - Railroad crossing on Buffalo Street
Major General James A. Hoyer
Adjutant General WVNG
Mr. Hershel Woodrow Williams
WV Medal of Honor Recipient
Dedication: Rev. Roy Mick Jr. (Ret. Army)
Laying of the Wreath: WWII veterans
Posting of the Colors & 21 Gun Salute: VFW Post 578 Terra Alta & Aurora
Taps: SFC Robert Menear (Ret. Army) and Chris Menear
Click here to download and print the ceremony invitation
Originally developed for National Geographic Television, “The Wereth Eleven” retraces the defining moments in the lives of 11 African-American GIs who fought during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The men served in the 33rd Field Artillery Battalion. Despite having to confront the realities of a segregated military, each soldier fought valiantly in the face of overwhelming numbers from the German Army.
James “Aubrey” Stewart of Piedmont, W.Va. was one of the dedicated
and patriotic members of “The Wereth Eleven.” A true West Virginia hero,
he served even though he was beyond draft age at 36. Stewart and the
10 other men in his unit paid a high price for defending their position,
weathering horrific torture and beatings once they were captured. Their
bravery caused them to make the ultimate sacrifice when they
executed on Dec. 17, 1944 and left in a frozen field.
2012 Emmy Nomination - 2011 Founder's Choice Award
The presentation of the “The Wereth Eleven” is free and open to the public.
Courtesy of Kip Price.
To see a trailer of the documentary, click here:
All WWII veterans are invited and encouraged to join this event and gather in the white tent
for refreshments while they talk to visitors or just reminisce about their experiences with other veterans.
Static Display by the WV National Guard
Representing active duty soldiers, current uniforms, equipment and transportation.
Demonstrations on the Field
Throughout the day Reenactors give demos and information to visitors about
their weapons, vehicles, artifacts, encampment and display. Ask questions!
We are trying to work out a skirmish between Allies and Axis (tentative).
Grand finale of the day
Maestros of Swing
performing Big Band music
Saturday night from 8 pm - midnight Szilagyi Center Auditorium
Admission: $30.00 per person
Heavy hors d'oevres and drinks (soft drinks, water, wine and beer)
are included and served in a 1940s atmosphere.
Dressy or Period attire please.
Bobby Menear, the band director, is a direct descendent of
Big Band legendary pioneer Glenn Miller,
and loves the music of his heritage.
USO DANCE TICKET RESERVATION: SHIRLEY HARTLEY 304-329-1240
CHECK, CASH or CREDIT/DEBIT CARD
SUNDAY 29 JUNE 2014
RON'S HOME MADE BREAKFAST AT V.F.W. POST 3008
in the company of WWII reenactors (early birds)
8:00 am - NOON $10.00 per person
Registered WII reenactors will receive their ticket upon arrival
buckwheat cakes, pan cakes, biscuits, gravy, potatoes, eggs, bacon,
sausage, OJ, milk, coffee, tea.
10th ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT
A collectible item!
Make sure you get one - limited availability!
JASON COBB MILITARY COLLECTIBLES
Click here for vendor registration form and information
WHERE IS THIS EVENT?
The field is located on Rt. 72 in Rowlesburg, WV next to one of the most beautiful community parks in this area and along the Cheat River. The photo shows a view taken across from the field and looking towards the park with its pavilions, concession stand, restrooms and playground. Notice how gorgeous the flowers and plants look. The Greater Downtown Rowlesburg organization maintains these gardens throughout the year.***
Special thanks to
WV NATIONAL GUARD and CAMP DAWSON
for their continued participation in this event
ROWLESBURG REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE
GREATEST GENERATION SOCIETY
CLEAR MOUNTAIN BANK
HOME MONUMENTAL WORKS (Terra Alta)
TOWN OF ROWLESBURG
ROWLESBURG TOURISM COMMITTEE
RIVER ROAD PROPERTY for the use of the field
RON SINES, DONNY RIGGS, DELBERT SHAFFER & CREW for preparing the field
and to FRIENDS - VETERANS - SUPPORTERS
DISPLAY YOUR COMPANY BANNER ON THE FIELD
AND SPONSOR THIS EVENT.
If you don't have a company banner we can create one for an additional cost of $50.00
Please call 304-454-2009 for details (messages will be returned asap).
ANY DONATION TO SUPPORT THIS DAY
IS ALWAYS GRACIOUSLY ACCEPTED
Click here for the sponsor-donation form & information
Please make your check payable to: RRC (Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee)
and mail to
The Greatest Generation WWII Museum
c/o Maggie DeWeirdt - PO Box 593 - Rowlesburg, WV 26537
Community park with pavilions and playground.
Concession stand in park open from 10 am-6 pm
The Rowlesburg Historical Society will be available at the Depot for
Trips up to historic Cannon Hill
from where you have a view over the town (tentative)
Preston County Relay For Life
annual event/fundraiser in the park that same weekend
River House Lodge - Rowlesburg, WV
The Heldreth Motel - Kingwood, WV
Mainstay - Rowlesburg, WV
Camp Dawson - Kingwood, WV
Retired and active military can stay on post with a valid ID.
Contact the Front Desk for reservations and info: 304-791-7001.
Check the links page on this site for more interesting info.