V-J Day Commemoration
Today marks the surrender of the Japanese during WWII in 1945. As a family we went to a nice local WWII event at Rose Hill Manor in Frederick, MD. It was small, but it was the perfect size event for a laid back Saturday and the perfect way to commemorate such an important, historic day.
|48 Stars & Stripes|
|Foxhole with an air-cooled machine gun.|
These guys did a great job of explaining the details of the gun.
|This gentleman showed us how ground communications worked on the battlefield.|
This field phone actually worked and he let us use it. Very cool!
|A little paratrooper humor :-)|
|Women's civilian and military camp set up|
This camp set-up was really neat. Usually at some kind of historical event when you hear "civilian camp" you automatically think "camp followers". Not so with this camp! This was strictly a 1940s version of "we are going camping in nature on the weekend and this is all the stuff we need for a fun weekend camp out". It was great! I also met some really nice ladies from a newly formed civilian group called "The War Years Society" based in the Mid-Atlantic. I'm very excited to pick these ladies' brains on civilian & homefront stuff for reenacting! Yay!
|I loved all the details for this camp set-up. She even had a bucket with wartime magazines.|
Because you can't go camping without some good reading!
This picture is inside the Nurse's Quarters. They had a very nice set-up in here too.
And of course I had to snoop in her trunk which was conveniently opened. I'll admit I opened a few of the cosmetic cases to have a look. Very cool. ;-)
I was very impressed with inside the manor. They had set it up for the WWII event and had posters, newspapers, signs, and mini exhibits everywhere. I especially liked these little boxes that you could push a button and hear a recording of specific radio programs like FDR's fireside chats, the announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and of the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan.
|A sweet old time radio with the box on top with recording.|
|Inside the cabinet which had labels like "Open Me!" they had a mini exhibit about rationing for soldiers.|
Down below in the basket were "play ration" items that kids could use to put together their own ration kit to play with.
|Upstairs my daughter had fun ironing with a vintage iron.|
She also liked playing with the treadle sewing machine they had.
|A beautiful 1946 wedding dress.|
After the war, wedding dresses were scarce since so many weddings took place as soldiers came home!
|Outside they had a few kids crafts including making this Victory magnet.|
My son did a great job making his really sparkle!
Other crafts included making a clothespin & popsicle stick airplane,
and color a Rosie the Riveter poster.