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World War II Themed Heritage Day at the Whitall House May 16th

(National Park, NJ) - Gloucester County continues its regular monthly Heritage Days this Sunday, May 16 from 11 am until 4 pm at the James and Ann Whitall House at Gloucester County's Red Bank Battlefield Park, 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park.

May's Heritage Day theme is World War II Encampment: Soldier stories and Veteran Legacies.

"Heritage Days offer real insight into our rich history," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  "Red Bank has a history of defense beyond the Revolution, during the twentieth century Red Bank served as an anti-aircraft artillery post.  The World War II Encampment will be a special living history event celebrating the Greatest Generation," Sweeney said. 

The event begins at 12 noon with Opening Ceremonies that will include the Posting of Colors by and Pledge of Allegiance by Army & Navy Union Garrison #52 of National Park, National Anthem, prayer and song.  Speakers throughout the afternoon will share their experiences, including veterans who survived the Omaha Beach invasion and the Hindenburg disaster.  Author Sharon Wells Wagner will share her books Red Wells and Ordinary Heroes.  Throughout the afternoon, favorite standards and swing from the era will be performed by the John Clark Little Big Band. 

In the tent, exhibits of artifacts will be provided by the Gloucester City "Doc" Doherty Veteran's Museum from the Townsend C. Young VFW 3620.  Another exhibit in the tent highlight "Homefront and Abroad:  Poster and More from World War II" the current exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum.  Additional displays in the park provided by the Battleship NJ, Seabrook Farms, and the American Red Cross.

Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco said that visitors can tour the Whitall House, complete with costumed guides and explore both the colonial and early twentieth centuries. 

"The original uniforms, equipment and vehicles on display will really give a true glimpse of a soldiers life.  This special day will offer our visitors the opportunity to explore the encampments of WWII complete with reenactors coordinated by the 78th Infantry Division WWII Living History Association," said Freeholder DiMarco. 

Heritage Days are free of charge and are a service of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

For more information or to view upcoming events visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov and click on the Calendar of Events, or call 856-853-5120.