Weekend WWII Living History and educational event free to the public
This weekend, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, is WWII Living History Weekend at the Museum of Veterans and Military History in Vilonia.
Friday is school day
At the museum, Friday, SEPTEMBER 30, is school day. Schools are invited to come out and bring students to visit with the re-enactors who will be providing programs in the living history encampment which will begin at about 9:30 a.m. There is no charge to attend.
Do you like Big Band Music?
Big Band Music was the sound of the era and everyone is invited to come to the museum to hear it. Friday night, will be 40’s Entertainment Night with an outdoor dance. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. Starting at about 7 p.m., the Penultimate Brass, a Conway Symphony Orchestra ensemble, will be playing music from the WWII era until about 8 p.m. at the museum. DJ Dys will spin before and after as well as between sets. His collection of Big Band Music will bring back many memories for those who lived it and rekindle a love for others. The public is invited to come out. Chairs will be set up for spectators. Re-enactors will be dressed for the period. As well, we encourage all to dress the part. You can set and listen and watch or get up and cut a rug. There is no charge to attend.
Saturday, program to honor WWII veterans and a WWII re-enactment
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, recognizing WWII veterans in the audience. Many of them, living among us, have never been recognized or thanked. This will be an opportunity.
State Senator Eddie Jo Williams will be the guest speaker recognizing each. It will be an outdoor event. However, there will be seating.
A re-enactment will follow at 2 p.m. There’s no charge to attend.
The Saturday events begins at about 9 a.m. There’s no charge to attend. However, the museum will be serving beans and cornbread or hotdog plates and drinks at a cost of $5 for either with all proceeds go to building the Peace Chapel, KIA Walkway and Gold Star Family Gardens.
--This is not a school sponsored event but one that students, parents and faculty may be interested in attending.