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Mon, April 6, 2009
Army Heritage Day
Timeline living history program will salute the American Soldier and highlight the "NCO: Backbone of the Army" - a free, public event for Armed Forces Day: Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m to 5 pm on the Army Heritage Trail.
AHEC event to highlight the NCO: Backbone of the Army

Free event focuses on history of American Soldier

    A timeline living history program will salute the American Soldier and highlight the “NCO: Backbone of the Army,” on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Army Heritage Trail at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive in Carlisle. 
 
    Food and beverages, free parking and handicapped parking are on site for this free, public event with more than 45 living history military units bringing history to life.
 
     A special highlight of the event focuses on the WWII action and the indoctrination and basic training of WWII veterans of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, made famous in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.
 
     More than 50 reenactor units will be on site all day to interact with visitors and share the stories of many eras of US history. Scheduled events include -- 
  • book sale
  • Citizen Soldier Living History Encampment
  • WWII-era Induction and Basic Training Camp will include an obstacle course and bayonet course
  • lecture: “Gone for a Soldier: Basic Training and Jump School instruction during WWII by veterans from the 502nd and 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  • M-1 Rifle course of instruction
  • Civil War Company Firing demonstration
  • lecture: Fighting for Hope: African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in WWII by Dr. Robert Jefferson
  • Moving the Army: 18th Century Army transportation at the Living History Encampment.
 
     AHEC is minutes from Interstate 81, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Routes 11 and 15. Follow signs to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
    For details, visit www.usahec.org.