NEWINGTON – The last weekend of September will be one to remember at the National Iwo Jima Memorial Park.
The Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation is calling it “A Weekend to Remember” in fact, with plans to offer visitors a glimpse back in time to the setting of the World War II battle.
Activities officially begin the morning of Saturday, Sept. 30 and are set to run through Sunday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The foundation will be hosting WWII historians and re-enactors, who plan to camp on the grounds with authentic WWII gear.
“If people would like to stop by in the evening and look at camp life they are welcome,” President Mark Adamski said this week. “We’re bringing all kinds of military service tents and are going to be camping as if we were in the field in Europe or the pacific, roughing it for a few days.”
During the daytime, the group will present displays of demilitarized weapons, uniforms and other antique treasures from WWII. They will also be answering questions of visitors in a period-style format, assuming roles from that time.
Annual events at the park occur on veterans’ holidays and are often attended by the few remaining local residents who survived the battle, most of which are now in their 90s. This particular weekend, however, is not in honor of any specific occasion.
“The purpose is just to get people to rediscover the park, come and enjoy it, look at the monument and read inscriptions on the side of it,” Adamski explained. “Any and all are welcome.”
He stressed that although the park was dedicated to the 100 Connecticut men who perished on the Japanese island in 1945 and built by battle survivors, it has become a welcome retreat for people with any military association.
“The park is not only about World War II,” Adamski said. “It’s a park that caters to all the armed forces – anyone who served our country. All veterans or current armed servicemen are welcome.”
Furthermore, historians present that weekend will also have commodities from Vietnam, Korea and other eras of United States military engagement.
Admission into ‘A Weekend to Remember’ is free. Any donations to the foundation are asked to be made by check only and will be used to maintain and make improvements to the park.
See below for other upcoming events at the National Iwo Jima Memorial Park, located on Ella Grasso Boulevard on the Newington/New Britain line.
For more information call Mark Adamski at 860-459-8397.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other upcoming foundation events:
Celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday - Friday, Nov. 10 at 12 noon
Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 noon