FORT JENNINGS — Huey helicopters and traveling Vietnam, World War II and Korean War memorials will all be a part of Fort Jennings Fort Fest Aug. 16 to 18.
The event in its seventh year has a theme of “Military Tribute,” according to Dr. Wes Klir, event co-chair.
Returning from 2016 is the traveling Vietnam Wall coming from Michigan that is a scaled replica of the Washington D.C. monument located in The National Mall. New this year are traveling World War II and Korean War memorials as well as a traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“Many of our veterans are aging, and traveling has become complicated. Some veterans who served our country may not have had an opportunity to view these exhibits, and we bring them locally,” Klir said. This is the first time all four of these exhibits will be on display in the same location.
There will be two Huey helicopters from Huey 369 in Peru, Indiana, that were flown during the Vietnam War. One of the helicopters will be on display and the other will provide rides to attendees for a $100 donation to the Huey organization.
“These helicopters provide a historical aspect for those who have not gotten a chance to see or fly in these. You would not believe the healing power that takes place for the individuals involved in the Vietnam War,” Klir said.
He said seeing the monuments and helicopters is a welcome home veterans may never have received.
Vendors will be on hand selling foods such as kettle corn, hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream.
A Wolf Hounds Vietnam Encampment re-enactment will be on display as well as a War of 1812 Village that has militia participants, a tavern and vendors. There will be War of 1812 reenactments that take place on Aug. 16 and 17.
Other activities include a motorcycle run, classic car show and wine tasting featuring several Northwestern Ohio wineries and craft beer vendors. A Fort Fest FIT Dash will be at 9 a.m. Saturday with military obstacle courses at Fort Jennings School.
The band Truckstop Manners will perform at 9 p.m. Aug. 16 in downtown Fort Jennings, and a motorcycle parade will be at 5 p.m. that same evening.
A Camp of 1812 will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 for those ages kindergarten to sixth grade at Fort Jennings Park.
The 338th Army Band will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 in Fort Jennings Park. A Native Song program will be at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17 with tomahawk and knife demonstrations.
For more information visit fjfortfest.com or Fort Fest 2019 on Facebook.
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