World War II is coming to an Oregon landmark in May.
The World War Two Historical Re-enactment Society will be holding an Armed Forces Weekend Commemoration and WWII Battle Reenactment at Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, north of Oregon, on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.
“Basically we will be having World War II reenactors in World War II-type encampments along with vehicles from that era on display,” said Rich Russo, a member of the society’s event development team. “We try to make everything look as historically realistic as possible.”
The event will include uniform and weapon demonstrations with re-enactors portraying troops from Germany, Poland, and, of course, the United States.
“We plan on having a German Red Cross Field Hospital and a European Cafe that will be open to the public,” Russo said.
A USO show is also being planned along with flyovers by vintage aircraft.
Battle reenactments will be held on Saturday and Sunday on the grounds with a special battle in the courtyard near the castle.
“One of the strangest battles of World War II was the Battle of Itter Castle where Americans and Germans fought together against the SS to protect the prisoners being held in the castle,” Russo said.
Russo said the Stronghold site, along with its iconic castle, will provide the perfect site for the event.
About the Society
World War Two Historical Re-enactment Society is an organization of more than 1,200 men and women members from coast to coast, as well as Canada and Europe.
Our mission is to bring the history of World War Two to life with public displays, simulated battles, participation in parades, and a variety of other community activities.
The society strives to honor and preserve the memory of those who served in World War Two, as well as preserve the artifacts of that period.
Our members carry out a wide range of historical impressions, including those of The United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany.
Our focus is entirely on the military history of World War Two. We have no sympathy for the ideology of nazism or fascism. Such beliefs are not welcome here.
If this exciting and rewarding hobby appeals to you, please consider joining us. Our hobby is dependent upon the talents and enthusiasm of its members and there is always room for new interest!