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WW2 D-day reenactment on Lake Erie in Ohio

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    They claim this is the largest D-day reenactment in the nation. I have been told by someone who takes part that this is well worth seeing:

    D-Day Conneaut
    Click to download 2016 Map

    2017 Event Brochure

    D-Day 2017 Raffle

    Once again Inland manufacturing has stepped up with a fantastic raffle with 100% of the profits going to support D-Day Conneaut. This years raffle will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for more information. For more info and to purchase tickets, when available, click here. Info/Tickets

    Conneaut Events

    D-Day Conneaut returns August 17th-19th, 2017

    Come help us celebrate the anniversary of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy France.

    Join us, rain or shine, as we pull out all the stops!

    Once again D-Day Ohio, Inc. will invade the Lake Erie shores of Conneaut, Ohio, and stage the largest D-Day (1944) living history reenactment in the country. Featuring over 1,800 reenactors from across the US and Canada, spectators will witness men, women, and their machines perform a living tribute to the veterans of WWII through dress, mock battles, and living history displays. Meet the real men and women that lived through these times. Last year we were proud to host over 150 WWII veterans and hope to have even more this year.

    Come and be a part of this Admission FREE event and experience what people call the most realistic and educational D-Day reenactment of the WWII era.

    The event occurs within the beautifully kept grounds of Conneaut Township Park, in Conneaut, Ohio. Just off Interstate 90 (Exit 241), 5 miles west of the Pennsylvania border, Conneaut is just about half way between Cleveland Ohio and Erie Pennsylvania. There's plenty of free parking with speedy shuttles. *Entry is free but donations of any size are always appreciated as we are 100% funded by donations.

    Though D-Day Conneaut is a very popular event, Conneaut Township park has plenty of room to comfortably stroll around and see amazing sites.(Be sure to check out the gallery). With an estimated reenactor attendance of over 1400 reenactors from all over the US and Canada, there's little question why D-Day Conneaut has become the one of the largest WWII reenactment in the country.

    Parking - No Onsite Parking
    There is no onsite parking at the park. There are ample parking areas around town served by our speedy shuttles both Friday and Saturday. Mobility impaired persons and veterans of WWII-Vietnam can park at the CN Dock Company on Day Street, which a wheelchair accessible van will frequent approximately every 15-20 minutes. Spectators can park at multiple lots around town. Watch for signs in town as you arrive for the most updated parking information, as some lots will close as they fill up quicker then others. See "Visitor Info" page for more details.

    Schedule of Events
    Below you will find the 2016 schedule of events. Bookmark this page for the latest info on the 2017 schedule as it formalized. Formal schedule of events goes live on May 8th, 2017 or sooner.

    2016 D-Day Conneaut

    The D-Day Conneaut event featured 2 full days (Friday and Saturday) of scheduled events and a movie under the stars on Thursday Night. Below you will find the schedule for 2016. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back from time to time to see any additions or cancelations.

    Georgie's Gal will be back in 2016.
    Liberty Aviation MuseumHigh command has informed us that Liberty Aviation Museum'sGeorgie's Gal will be back in full glory for 2016.

    Thank you to our friends at the Yankee Air Museum for stepping in to provide beach cover with their beautiful "Yankee Warrior" the last 2 years.

    Heavy Artillery
    This year, we have plenty of new surprises in store for everyone. Once again D-Day Conneaut calls in the "big guns" with plenty of heavy artillery to support our boys in action. Come witness the firing of some of the largest and most feared weapons of the time that proved instrumental and deadly to troops on both sides.

    Long range intelligence reports have indicated that many of our "show stoppers" from last year will once again return to join this great crusade. Stay tuned for more information. This year we will be introducing an all new Tank Battle on Friday afternoon.

    Have a "big toy" and want to join the defense... or attack?
    Please contact Betsy Bashore for info and availability.

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    Is anyone thinking of going to this event. I plan on going, but I live only about 90 miles from it. If anyone plans on attending, I sure would want to meet them there.


    • #3
      Nice photos of the B-25 Mitchell light bomber. I do not see photos of this airplane often.
      Reenactments are exciting and disturbing?
      It is important to know about war and to honor those who served.
      Remember, reenactments are not a pleasant experience for all veterans.
      I always wonder how many of the actors in military reenactments were veterans of the fighting?
      I rested a lot easier when the President was a veteran of the fighting and not just a veteran of service.
      Congress worked together better when there were many WW II military veteran legislators.
      Knowing war through the experience transfers its enormous weight upon political decisions.

      Just a note about lost history - During WW II old aircraft carries were used on Lake Michigan for training pilots.
      A veteran of WW II and Korea who was a family friend, Lt. Commander Dart Kenny, trained there. He was the first to land a jet fighter on a carrier, but he practiced jet fighter landings at the Naval Reserve Base in Grand Prairie, Texas. While there, he and his wife Alice were members of the same congregation as was my family where my parents became life-long friends. The Kenny's named their only son after my father. The reenactments of my mind are remembering the men who went to war during my childhood and the classmates and friends who went to war and recognizing the suffering of the most recent generation of warriors.
      Last edited by glen smith; April 10, 2017, 11:02 PM.