NEW UK — Iwo Jima Memorial Park will be the site of several events over Veterans Day weekend.
“The public is invited to all events,” said Elaine Schieffer, spokeswoman for the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation.
It all starts on Thursday, November 10 with a ceremony to celebrate the 247th anniversary of the US Marine Corps with a cake cutting at 10am
New this year, WWII reenactors are allowed to camp in the park at 1 Iwo Jima Way from Friday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to visit the park during daylight hours, but is not allowed to camp.
This Friday at 9 a.m., eighth grade students at John Wallace Middle School in Newington will host a ceremony at the memorial honoring all veterans.
“This program was started in the late 1990s by our founder, Dr. George Gentile,” Schieffer said. “The students put on a wonderful ceremony that includes the school band, choir and students’ thank-you notes to the veterans.”
The foundation encourages people to arrive early to find parking.
Then this Saturday at 1 p.m. there will be a special presentation by historian Jeff DeWitt at the New Britain Public Library. Connecticut Heroes of Iwo Jima will delve into the lives of the 100 men from CT who died in battle. drinks are served; Call the New Britain Library at 860-224-3155 to reserve a seat.
Finally, this Sunday, Sons of Iwo Jima survivors and foundation officials will offer 20-minute historical tours of the park from 12 noon to 2 p.m., weather permitting.
“The historical tours, WWII reenactors, and our presentation are all part of the history program of our Iwo Jima Survivors Association,” Schieffer said. “The Survivors Association created the Iwo Jima Foundation to continue their legacy of teaching the importance of the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.”
Foundation President Raymond Carrier is particularly pleased with the historical presentation in the library.
“Jeff DeWitt has done a phenomenal job examining the lives of those who lost their lives in this struggle,” Carrier said.
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