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Posted on Aug 4, 2010 in War College

World War II Comes To Michigan’s Lake St. Clair

By Peter Suciu

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Several re-enactors dressed as German High Command officers. On hand here are representations of Hermann Goering, Heinz Guderian and Erwin Rommel.

With sunny skies – despite early morning rain – and temperatures hovering near 90 degrees at 3:30pm it wasn’t exactly close to the conditions that were seen in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. But for those taking part in the World War II Veterans Day Weekend Re-enactment at Veterans Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores, Michigan it was close enough. A couple dozen of America and Canadian re-enactors gathered up and made the landing while coming "under fire" from the German defenders.

In addition to the "landing" the day included a small militaria fair, musical performances by a 1940s singing group and even a reading by an Eleanor Roosevelt re-enactor. But the real stars of the show were the dozens of period vehicles that were hand to be seen up close. And while early morning weather included a heavy downpour that looked to spoil the day – which was almost fitting given the conditions back in 1944 – it turned out to be picture perfect!

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