The Northern York County Historical And Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) is hosting its 9th annual WWII Tribute Day on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at Dill’s Tavern. This free event begins at 9 am and features WWII living historians, 1930s and ’40s-era vehicles, encampments, speakers, and tactical demonstrations. The Dillsburg WWII Honor Roll will be featured alongside photographs and biographies of many of our local heroes.
2019 WWII TRIBUTE
– 9:00 am – WWII Tribute Opens
– 9:15 am – film screening – Saving Private Ryan– Barn Video Room, continuous showings | WWII Blacksmithing – Wheelwright Shop | WWII Art Prints – Tavern Building | WWII Dillsburg Honor Roll – Tavern Ballroom | American Red Cross – Tavern Building | Home Front – Tavern Building | Salvation Army Mobile Servicemen’s Canteen – Plantation grounds | WWII Military and Civilian Vehicles – Plantation grounds | Reenactor | Bivouac – Tavern Grounds | Exhibits – Barn, Tavern Grounds
– 9:30 – Weapons demonstration (Tavern fields)
– 10:00 – Tactical Demonstration (Tavern fields, orchard)
Manual of arms demonstrations, weapons inspection, safety checks, firing demonstrations, military bearing and tactical movement exercises will be held throughout the day
(All speakers will be located in the Tavern courtyard)
10:00 -10:45 – Ben Jenkins, B-29 Weapons Control
10:45 – 11:30 – John Coates, 82nd Airborne, 508th Parachute Medic
11:30-12:00 – Joe Cress, Author, “World War II Memories: The Great Crusade in Europe”
12:00 – 12:45 – Martin Sisters Band
12:45 – 1:30 – Ken Happel, 29th Division, D-Day veteran, 110 Field Artillery
(1:30 – Tactical Demonstration, tentative)
1:45 – 2:30 – Dick Ruelius, 87th Infantry, POW
2:30 – 3:15 – Jared Frederick, author, “Dispatches from D-Day”
3:00 – Tactical Demonstration (Tavern fields, orchard)
3:15 – 4:00 – To Be Announced
The annual USO-style Big Band Dance will follow that evening at the Dillsburg Fire Hall, 109 S. Baltimore Street, from 7 to 10 pm. Jazz and big band music will be performed live by The Will Fisher Orchestra under the baton of Clair Zeiders. Wear your dancing shoes and swing dress! Light refreshments will be provided. Admission to the dance is $15 per person with proceeds going to NYCHAPS. WWII veterans will be guests of NYCHAPS and admitted at no charge.
The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) strives to inspire by connecting the lessons of the past to the challenges of today. Through hands-on experience, the past culture of the area is brought to life in a deeper and richer educational experience. Through preservation, research, and our collections, NYCHAPS seeks to inspire a different way of learning history.