LIMA — World War II re-enactors took over Lauer Farms over the weekend to provide the public with a glimpse of some of the equipment and uniforms used during that historic war.
On Saturday, Lauer Farms, 800 Roush Road, Lima, turned into a battlefield, pitting the American allies against the Germans.
The event was a cooperative effort between the Johnny Appleseed Parks District and a local non-profit.
“It’s really in partnership with a nonprofit called Lauer Farms 1944, which is not associated with the park district. The park district just has the property for them to utilize,” said Tyler Black, director for the park district.
The event attracts re-enactors from a wide area.
“They’ve got people here from Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. There’s people here from the Women’s Air Corps. We’ve got some people dressed as German re-enactors and a lot of people dressed as the Allied re-enactors,” Black said.
“We’re a non-profit that teaches about the history of World War II through living history interpretation. We come out here once a year and we host an event and we set up three encampments, German, Allied and Homefront. We have multiple vehicles that come out here and camp all weekend long,” said Matt Martini, Lauer Farms 1944 event director.
Events like this bring new life to what’s taught in the history books.
“I think it’s super important because as we get older, a lot of people think that history is just remembering dates and things like that, however, I think we can draw a lot of important lessons and conclusions from history and also keeping the stories of the people who lived it alive is really important to me personally,” said Lacey Opdycke, from Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Black says it’s important to support events like this.
“I think it just shows that we are for the community no matter what, no matter what it is we’re doing whether it’s nature-based programming, historical-based programming such as this shows that we definitely support veterans. I think a lot of veterans come out here and they get a really nice enjoyment out of this,” Black said.
The event continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with battles scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.