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Fort Fisher's and North Carolina's World War II Experience

Event Description

Join us Labor Day weekend for 'Fort Fisher's and North Carolina's World War II Experience,' a two-day activity-filled program at which visitors can learn about Fort Fisher's role as an anti-aircraft training base during World War II. Military and civilian reenactors will set up displays on the old Fort Fisher airstrip and discuss the life of World War II soldiers, Marines, and loved ones on the homefront. Also discussed will be the amazing stories of military women who played a vital role in the march toward victory. The program will be held Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 12 noon-4 pm. It will include tours, military weapon demonstrations, and special guest speakers. Kids of all ages will also enjoy the Toy Soldier workshop, a family activitiy at which participants paint toy soldiers and learn about military uniforms and equipment. General admission is free, but there may be a small charge for some tours, and for a small donation, visitors can also ride in an authentic World War II jeep.

Saturday's speaker schedule is as follows: At 11 am, Paul Peeples of the US Marine Corps Historical Company, will present about North Carolina's US Marines' World War II connection. At 1 pm, Stormi Souter-Brown will present "This is My War Too" a discussion of the contributions of the Women's Army Corps soldiers (WACs) at North Carolina bases and abroad. At 3 pm, Cliff Tyndall will discuss the role of Camp Davis and Fort Fisher. Tyndall will speak again Sunday at 12:30 and, at 2:30 pm, John Moseley will discuss the Women Army Service Pilots (WASPs) at Camp Davis and Fort Fisher. All presentations are free and open to the public and will be held in the Spencer Theater.

Explore Fort Fisher's little known World War II history in the lower Cape Fear. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher, its sustaining members, and from generous support from New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach. All programming is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For more information, please call the site at 910-251-7340.