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Historic timeline at Hallowell Elementary School by Justine Musick
Historic timeline at Hallowell Elementary School by Justine Musick

World War II Weekend 2013

World War II Weekend 2013

World War II Weekend 2013

Check out videos and photos from our 2013 World War II Weekend!

Our World War II 2013 Weekend was held the weekend of 4/20-21. Weather was gorgeous and everyone had a great time. Check out the details below and scroll down for video and photos!










During this weekend, a monument was installed and dedicated on April 20, 2013 in honor of "Service Men and Women Current and Veteran".

Reports from the Trenches

From a visitor:

"This was a wonderful event in a great location. The old mansion and outbuildings are reminiscent of rural France. There was a big band playing all day on Saturday, and a tactical battle that ended in public view. We met a few veterans, some old friends, and overall had a nice, mellow day" (more....)

35th Recon:

"Nearly 1400 people attended the 3rd Annual WWII Weekend at Graeme Park on April 20th & 21st, presented by Friends of Graeme Park, HPHA and 35th ID Recon troop. Gauging from the overwhelmingly positive response from Spectators & WWII Veterans, there will definitely be a 4th Annual WWII Weekend at Graeme Park in 2014." (more....)

Montgomery Media:

"The grounds of Graeme Park and the Penrose-Strawbridge House will be transformed into a World War II-era French, village where you can see re-enactors stage a battle between American and German soldiers amid stone barns and buildings at 12:30 on Saturday and noon on Sunday "(more...)

Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 20, 2013

10:30 Flag Raising Ceremony & National Anthem. Join us at the flag pole for the raising of the American flag and singing of the National Anthem

10:00 Displays Open - 10am – 4pm - Visitors can tour American and German camps staffed by reenactors, see period military and non-military vehicle displays, meet and talk to WWII veterans, shop with vendors and learn about various non-profit veterans organizations and the services they offer.

10:30 Tours of the Keith House and Summer Kitchen - (10:30, 11:00 am, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 pm - The Keith House, the 18th-century mansion at the core of Graeme Park, is a National Historic Landmark built c. 1722 for Sir William Keith, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania.

11:30 Weapons Demonstration - 11:30 am - 12:00 noon - Members of the reenactment groups will demonstrate how their WWII weapons work and fire off a few blanks.

12:00 Flag Folding Demonstration by Horsham Air National Guard - Learn about how and why the flag is folded for ceremonial and presentation purposes and what each fold means.

See video of flag folding (by Emery Schoenberg) below ...

12:30 Battle Reenactment - The first half hour or so of the battle is warm-up and staging for the reenactors and while visitors may be able to hear the gunfire, viewing will not be optimal until about 1:00 pm - a great time to grab a quick lunch, use the facilities and make your way up to the Penrose-Strawbridge House (our "French village" for the day) for when the real battle action begins at 1:00

Video below of our one of our re-enactors describing what will be happening in the battle (by Emery Schoenberg) ...

Video of Saturday's battle by Toni Kistner

13:45 Luminaries & Gun Salute - State Representatives Tom Murt and Todd Stephens will speak briefly and honor the veterans for whom luminaries have been purchased by reading their names. Following the dedication and lighting of the luminaries, a gun salute will honor our veterans.

14:00 Swing Dance Lesson and Demonstration - Vince Masciarelli , professional dance instructor from Glenside will be teaching some basic dance moves to the audience.

15:00 USO Dance/Swing Band Concert - 3:00 - 4:45 pm - Now that you know how to swing, put your feet in motion to the Society Music Makers as they play hits from the 1940s through today, including favorites from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, etc




Sunday, April 21, 2013

10:00 Displays Open - 10am – 4pm - Visitors can tour American and German camps staffed by reenactors, see period military and non-military vehicle displays, meet and talk to WWII veterans, shop with vendors and learn about various non-profit veterans organizations and the services they offer.

10:30 Flag Raising Ceremony & National Anthem. Join us at the flag pole for the raising of the American flag and singing of the National Anthem

11:30 Weapons Demonstration - 11:30 am - 12:00 noon - Members of the reenactment groups will demonstrate how their WWII weapons work and fire off a few blanks.

10:30 Tours of the Keith House and Summer Kitchen - (10:30, 11:00 am, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 pm - The Keith House, the 18th-century mansion at the core of Graeme Park, is a National Historic Landmark built c. 1722 for Sir William Keith, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania.

12:00 Battle Reenactment - The first half hour or so of the battle is warm-up and staging for the reenactors and while visitors may be able to hear the gunfire, viewing will not be optimal until about 12:30 pm - a great time to grab a quick lunch, use the facilities and make your way up to the Penrose-Strawbridge House (our "French village" for the day) for when the real battle action begins at 12:30

12:00 Flag Folding Demonstration - Learn about how and why the flag is folded for ceremonial and presentation purposes and what each fold means.

13:15 Dedication of Monument by the Honor Guard and Gun Salute - 1:15 pm - We'll be placing a new monument out by the flag pole dedicated to our military vets past and present with a presentation by the Color and Honor Guards and a gun salute.

13:30 Mickey & Stanley Goldfarber - 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Join us in the event tent for a spirited concert of patriotic and military favorites.

Vendors

Participating Vendors Mark’s Militaria

  • Nomadés Collection
  • Premium King
  • The WWII Soldier

    Participants

    Participating WII Reenactment Units—Americans 35th Infantry Division Recon (host unit)

  • 1st Infantry Division
  • 4th Armored Division
  • 5th Rangers
  • 9th Infantry WWII Historical
  • Preservation Society
  • 101st Airborne E. Company 103rd Infantry Division
  • 110th Medical Battalion
  • 517th PRCT
  • Red Ball Express

    WWII Reenactment Units—Germans 5th S.S.

  • 9th S.S.
  • 35th Infantry Division
  • 45th Infanterie Division

    WWII Reenactment Units—Others British Paratroopers

  • 135th Rifles Regiment
  • 193rd Red Army Rifle Division

    Additional Participants Rep. Thomas Murt

  • Rep. Todd Stephens
  • Aces Museum
  • John Alosi, Jr., author of War Birds about the role of carrier pigeons in WWII
  • Boy Scouts, St. Catherine’s of Sienna Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Mickey & Stanley Goldfarber
  • Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum
  • Historical Military Impressions
  • Honor Flight
  • Horsham Twp. Fire Police
  • Liberty USO
  • Marine Corps. League of Central Bucks County, #636
  • Vince Masciarelli (dance instructor)
  • Newtown Color Guard
  • Jenny Pappas (National Anthem)
  • Retro Pin-Up Models
  • Society Music Makers
  • United Young Marines
  • VFW Post #473, 1st Sergeant Fiore

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    Videos

    We've added a couple more videos from our World War II Weekend!

    Some videos of the action! Thanks to all our contributors!

    Good overview of the battle by Emery Schoenberg

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    Video of the flag folding ceremony by Emery Schoenberg

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    Video of introduction to the batle by Emery Schoenberg

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    Video of Saturday's battle by Toni Kistner

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    Living History displays video by Adam Hartzell.

    A short walk around the main area that Allied Re-enactors are encamped for WWII Weekend at Graeme Park, in Horsham, Pennsylvania, showing you some of the living history displays my fellow re-enactors set up.

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    Fully auto and semi auto blank firing demo of the Sten Gun, performed by some British Paratrooper Reenactors. At Graeme Park's WWII Weekend by Adam Hartzell

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    M1 Garand Blank Firing Demonstration video by Adam Hartzell

    This rifle was having some issues cycling, so it couldn't fire semi-automatically. The reenactor had to rack the bolt back after each shot even though he had his blank adapter on.

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    Colt .45 Blank Firing Demonstration video by Adam Hartzell

    A Blank firing demonstration of the M1911 Colt .45 pistol, used by the United states in the configuration shown from 1911 almost up until today. The M1911 is still in use, but in more modernized.

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    1917 Enfield Blank Firing Demonstration video by Adam Hartzell

    Blank Firing Demostration of the 1917 Enfield Rifle, used by the United States in WWI and WWII. .

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    Short battle video by Adam Hartzell

    Video from the Sunday battle. My squad was moving up on the left flank, on the far other side of the village from where the camera is.

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