D-Day Conneaut, Ohio

D-Day ConneautImage result for poster for D-Day Conneaut Ohio/2017

If you love history and want to learn more about this definitive battle of  WWII, I strongly recommend a visit.  In fact, we are going for our second year.  My friend Eric Montgomery, who was so  helpful in my journey  to get my brother George’s  record  “correct and complete” is one of the organizers.  If you are within driving distance, check it out.  It is all free  including parking, transportation  entrance with  a  only goodwill donations.  The re-enactors  can only participate with 100% authentic gear.  They also provide their own blanks for the battles. You will get to ride, for free, one of the  landing boats and land on the beach which is  ever so much like Omaha!
 
At the end of this schedule of events, I included part of the video of the  4 day battle for La Fiere Bridge where George was wounded. The bridge at Conneaut is so much like the original which you can see if you visit my preceding  post. The  difference is  the trees in Ohio.  Either way , you will be struck with the tiny bridge that was so important in history and where so many of our paratroopers were wounded or killed. 
 Here is an interesting fact about re-enactments .  They obviously have them in Normandy and even in the  United Kingdom, but  there are few if any participants  who wish  to buy and wear the Axis gear!  There is still much pain and history there that is   ingrained in their hearts and souls.  Our boys fought and lay down their lives for freedom over that  despicable fascism.
 We must make sure that fascism doesn’t raise its ugly head again from  either the extremists on the right or on the left.  
 

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2017 Event Brochure
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Conneaut Events
Around-Town

  

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

Come help us celebrate the anniversary of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy France.
Now featuring Thursday Activities!

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.  There is no shuttle service on Thursday. (Parking is available Thursday only on side streets around the event.)

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

The D-Day Conneaut event now featured 2.5 days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) of scheduled events and a movie under the stars on Thursday Night. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back from time to time to see any additions or cancelations.

Ashtabula County EMA
D-Day Conneaut attendees can get information before and during the event like detours, traffic incidents and emergency information specific to the D-Day Conneaut Reenactment by texting “Add” to 4402614470.   To remove themselves from the list, text “Remove” to 4402614470.


Georgie’s Gal will be back in 2017. 

Liberty Aviation Museum
High command has informed us that Liberty Aviation Museum’s Georgie’s Gal is scheduled to be back for 2017.

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 along with some exciting new recruits.  Stay tuned for more information. This year we will once again feature the 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.

 

2017 D-Day Conneaut

 

12:00PM – 4:00PM
The Villa at the Lake

Festivities will be Thursday August 17th from 12noon-4pm. Come join us for food, entertainment, music, giveaways and time period dress. Reenactors and time period vehicles are welcome to join us!
Stop by and meet and speak with some of the members of the “Greatest Generation”. You and they will be glad you did.
Villa at the Lake: 48 Parrish Road, Conneaut OH 44030

5:00-8:00 PM
Public Classic car Cruse-in
Join us on the beach for our Classic car cruse-in. Get up close and personal will all types of vehicles, civilian and military vehicles are welcome.

 

Official Schedule of Events
 Last updated May 8th, 2017.

Thursday Activities

There will be no shuttle service on Thursday. Parking is available on side streets around the park.

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Description: Join us for the opening of D-Day Conneaut 2017.


Friday Activities

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Description: Join us for the raising of the Storm Flag, signifying the beginning of D-Day Conneaut.

 

Saturday Activities

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D-Day Reenactors

Description: Opening Ceremonies of D-Day Conneaut 2014- 1st formation of Allied Forces and the raising of the US flag.

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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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One Response to D-Day Conneaut, Ohio

  1. We just loved this place when we stayed. You are right about us needing to defend our republic.

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