Remembering veterans at Fort Fest


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Participants in the reenactment of the War of 1812 pose.

Participants in the reenactment of the War of 1812 pose.


The Lima News file

War of 1812 militia reenactor Aaron Owens teaches elementary school children how to fight with a rifle.

War of 1812 militia reenactor Aaron Owens teaches elementary school children how to fight with a rifle.


The Lima News file

Spectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to Fort Fest.


The Lima News file

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Fort Fest

WHEN: Noon-10 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday

WHERE: Throughout Fort Jennings

ADMISSION: Free

Today

5 p.m: Killer Haze

9 p.m.: Truck Stop Manners

Saturday

11 a.m.: 338th USARC Band

3 p.m.: Exploit

8 p.m.: Midwest Dueling Pianos

Sunday

1 p.m.: 338th Army Concert Band

• Visit fjfortfest.com for a full schedule.

FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings pays tribute to veterans with its Fort Fest this weekend.

There are several new items at the annual Fort Fest event, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit and the 9/11 Angels Memorial Cars featuring Kevyn “Rafterman” Howard, from the movie, “Full Metal Jacket.”

“I didn’t realize this, the two 9/11 exhibits, they’ve never been in the same place, ever. So we’re actually the first site in the nation to host them concurrently which is really quite an honor because they’ve both heard of each other, but they’ve never co existed at the same event. So to bring both of them in is really, really special,” said Wes Klir, Fort Fest chairman.

The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit comes from New York and is a traveling museum display that memorializes Steven Siler, one of the first responder victims at the 9/11 disaster. There are artifacts from the Twin Towers, firefighting memorabilia used at the scene and firefighting equipment and gear.

“It’s also traveling with members of the FDNY Fire Department that were on the scene that day. These gentlemen escort the public through the exhibit,” said Klir. “It’s pretty neat.”

The 9/11 Angel Memorial race cars are out of Vegas and are two Chevy Camaro police cars which are adorned with the names of all the victims of the twin towers.

”That group is headed up by a gentleman by the name of Kevyn Major Howard, who is one of the main stars in the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket.’ He comes with the cars and so does another one of the actors in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’” said Klir.

Other activities include Huey helicopters offering flights, the 1812 re-enactment, wine tasting, a car show and bands. Not to be forgotten is the fair food and snacks.

Participants in the reenactment of the War of 1812 pose.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_FortFest-August-15-201522.jpgParticipants in the reenactment of the War of 1812 pose. The Lima News file
War of 1812 militia reenactor Aaron Owens teaches elementary school children how to fight with a rifle.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_FortFest.jpgWar of 1812 militia reenactor Aaron Owens teaches elementary school children how to fight with a rifle. The Lima News file
Spectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to Fort Fest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_FortFest-August-14-20153.jpgSpectators watch the helicopters fly by during the kick off to Fort Fest. The Lima News file

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Fort Fest

WHEN: Noon-10 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday

WHERE: Throughout Fort Jennings

ADMISSION: Free

Today

5 p.m: Killer Haze

9 p.m.: Truck Stop Manners

Saturday

11 a.m.: 338th USARC Band

3 p.m.: Exploit

8 p.m.: Midwest Dueling Pianos

Sunday

1 p.m.: 338th Army Concert Band

• Visit fjfortfest.com for a full schedule.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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