D-Day Conneaut - Ray-Penny

D-Day (Day 1) Conneaut, OH

Greetings:

For the past 3-4 years we have wanted to attend the D-Day Reeanactment at Conneaut, Ohio but, unfortunately, I either forgot or was out of town during the reenactment. But not this year!

On Friday, August 16, 2013, Penny and I drove 90 miles north east to Conneaut, OH where the two days of activities commenced. We were quite surprised by the enormity of the site utilized as well as the number of volunteers it takes
to make a first-class invasion. In all, some 900 reenactors/volunteers were on hand; and approximately 100 WWII Veterans were on-board.

It is an expensive hobby to be a reenactor as they pay for all their uniforms and weapons and are out-of-pocket for all other expenses such as food/travel. Also, every time they fire a blank from their weapon, it costs them $1.10 and some have machine guns so you can imagine how many dollars they fire off.

So Friday was a get-acquainted day as the invasion takes place the next day on Saturday. However, Penny and I immediately got in line to make a simulated assault via a Higgins Boat on the Conneaut shore. It was fun and brought back memories when in the Marine Corps I climbed down the ship's rope ladders into the awaiting Higgins boats for an assault on San Clemente, Calif. in 1959.

Should you like to step back in time..69 years to be exact...then just click here and you'll be whisked back to the 40's.

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Invasion Day is currently being edited and it will be a few days before it is out and it will be in two parts.

Cheers! Ray & Penny

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