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Fort Jennings will celebrate Fort Fest from Friday to Sunday.
This year’s event will feature the Vietnam-era helicopters of the Huey 369 organization; the Spirit of America’s Story — The Wall, a traveling 100-foot wall of artwork featuring the history of America’s military men and women; the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a scale replica, featuring items used at the actual tomb at Arlington National Cemetery; and the Ohio MIA/POW Wall.
A Master Modeler display allows attendees to handle, wear or hold historic military memorabilia from an extensive collection which includes many homemade models and dioramas.
New this year is World War II’s Armor in Action, a collection of moving, firing historic armored vehicles, and the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Medical Battalion, a Vietnam-era military ambulance and medical display.
An 1812 encampment of re-enactors will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Additional activities include an historic military war vehicle display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and an encampment by the Wolf Hounds, a Vietnam re-enactment group.
There will also be a wine tasting from 5-9 p.m. Friday featuring five area wineries, including Sycamore Lake Winery in Columbus Grove and DiVine Wine Bar of Findlay. A lawnmower/golf cart poker run will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be horse-drawn history tours from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, and the Lions Club duck races are scheduled from 7-11 p.m.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Truck Stop Manners at 9 p.m. Friday; Copper Creek Road from 3-6 p.m. Saturday; Crosseyed Willie from 8-11 p.m. Saturday; and the 338th Army Band at 1 p.m. Sunday.
An 1812 Camp Sunday service will be held at 10:45 a.m. The day will also include a native song program at 11:30 a.m., a presentation on the fashions of 1812 at noon and a tomahawk demonstration at 12:30 p.m.
Camp 1812 for children will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring period games, crafts, music and learning about the life of a militia soldier. The cost is $15 per child, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at fortjenningspark.com.
More information can also be found by searching Fort Fest – Fort Jennings, Ohio on Facebook.
50 North will host special programs this month.
At 1 p.m. Aug. 21, historian Mike Gilbert will present on the fascinating life of Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean.
Registration and a $5 fee are required by Tuesday.
Call 50 North at 419-423-8496 for more information.
Local residents will portray citizens interred in Wood County and area cemeteries for the 14th annual Wood County Living History Day. Portrayals focus on World War I, and they include North Baltimore’s Vernon Wymer, the first Wood County serviceman to die in combat during the war, portrayed by his great-great nephew, Hunter Wymer. A Joyful Noise will provide music before the event, and lawn chairs are encouraged, though some chairs will be provided. Parking will be available at the cemetery and the Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides to the program location.
Rain location is First United Methodist Church, 1506 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.
Flag City Honor Flight has announced that it will offer flights to Washington, D.C., on June 7 and Sept. 20.
As the Findlay-based hub of the national Honor Flight network, Flag City Honor Flight flies veterans free of charge to the nation’s capital to visit their memorials.
Flag City Honor Flight normally makes just one flight to Washington each year. However, a second flight has been added for 2017 due to additional funds having been raised.
Veterans, their accompanying guardians, and a small staff of Flag City Honor Flight personnel will travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials, particularly the World War II memorial. Other stops include the Korean War and Vietnam War memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
The one-day flights depart from Grand Aire Terminal at Toledo Express Airport.
Flag City Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Trips are made possible by donations from individuals, organizations and businesses. Veterans pay nothing and guardians are asked to make a tax-deductible donation of $400.
Flag City Honor Flight services primarily northwestern Ohio, southern Michigan and parts of Indiana. However, applications are accepted from any veteran, no matter where he or she lives.
World War II veterans receive the highest priority. Those who served during the Korean War are second priority, followed by those who served during the Vietnam War. Flag City Honor Flight is also looking for those who served between World War II and Korea, or between Korea and Vietnam. Those who are terminally ill may be moved up the list.
Any veteran is eligible to go on a flight, from any branch of service and any campaign.
Both 2017 flights are filling up quickly, and any interested party is encouraged to respond soon.
More detailed information for veterans, potential guardians, event volunteers and donors is available at www.flagcityhonorflight.org. Application forms may be downloaded from the website. The organization can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.