D-Day Plus 75 Community Commemoration
Event Date: 31 May 2019 12:00 to 01 June 2019 18:00
“D-Day Plus 75” will be the fifth annual community-wide commemoration of the sacrifices made by America’s heroes during the invasion of Normandy and throughout World War II. The May 31-June1 event is sponsored by Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4 veterans support group and USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, a ship that was at Omaha Beach on D-Day for the invasion of Normandy. All proceeds benefit the museum and area veterans.
Part of the event marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day will be World War II reenactors participating on board Muskegon’s USS LST 393 and the grounds. They represent military personnel you would have found on D-Day in 1944: Sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen. nurses and civilian fighters from nationalities including American, French, British, Australian and German military.
The first day of the weekend, Friday, will be a day to meet and talk to the reenactors as they explain what life was like during the war. Visitors will get a perspective from different countries, Allied and Axis. There will be a free kid’s zone area with games, homefront and military displays, local food vendors, free tours of LST 393 and more. And on display will be a number of World War II-era vehicles including halftracks, trucks, Jeeps and an anti-aircraft searchlight.
Friday evening will jump with a swinging “USO Style” dance that will knock your bobby-socks off, featuring the award-winning Reeths-Puffer High School Jazz Band. Tickets are $10.
The “Aquastar” cruise boat is expected to offer cruises throughout the weekend. Also planned are tours of a restored Vietnam War-era river patrol boat, a “PBR.” Tours will be available from the bow of LST 393.
Saturday will offer even more to see and do starting with the Northside Lions Club offering an “all you can eat” pancake breakfast beginning at 8 am. A motorcycle escort from Grand Haven to the Mart Dock of the “Michigan Vietnam Wall”. You won’t want to miss “Air Raid Muskegon,” with replica anti-aircraft guns blasting away at a mock aerial attack on LST 393 by the Hooligan’s Flight Team, along with a narrated ground skirmish between Allied and Axis forces.