This very special annual mid summer event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is for anyone even slightly interested in aircraft from the past and anticipating the future. The event and/or the museum area very popular with military reunion groups or a day trip thrill for anyone. You willmarvel at aviation’s wonders: the big, the fast, the novel, the nostalgic and evening entertainment.
Major features includethe observation of several historic aviation anniversaries.In 2010 it was the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 and the iconic B-17 bomber. The renowned Piper Cherokee celebrated its50th anniversary. You can also see aunique collection of full-size World War I replica aircraft in the sky and spectacular Warbirds demonstrations. Attend along with 10,000 aircraft; 2,500 show planes; 800 exhibits; and 500 forums and workshops. And, kids will enjoy: KidVenture, air show, Fly-In Theater, Warbirds and Reenactors, aircraft rides, Duggy, and growing every year.
The AirVenture camping experience is in a friendly neighborhood of people who enjoy aviation. See for yourself how 30,000 campers on the grounds form a cozy and tight community.
Find lots more details at www.airventure.org.
Tour the battlegrounds
Military history interest is at an all time high and the publics thirst for knowledge of battles is quenched by Valor Tours and Military Historical Tours.
Interest in these tours has surpassed both companies expectations. It isnt solely veterans who return to battle scenes, the public and veterans families are interested in learning about WWII and other conflicts. One reason for the interest is that these are the places America built its legacy as one of the worlds great countries. Many want to see the beginnings of our countrys rise.
The trips provide more than a view as military history experts and authors provide insight. Trips include meetings with local veterans and citizens that experienced events first-hand who note places of personal importance. One veteran found the fox hole where he sustained a face wound and parts of his shattered rifle remained.
Great reunion places Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB) offers a reunion site with both atmosphere and convenient location. Al Hoffman, of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, organized an annual reunion of the Army 26th Special Services (WWII) in Bucks County. Out of the original 130, 50 attended the reunion from around the country. Hoffman hosted a dinner at his farm. BCCVB provided Visitor's Guides for incoming travelers. The group also held a formal banquet at a local inn and members toured historic sites.
The 11th annual Roy O. Hale Association Reunion also chose Bucks County. The association is USS Roy O. Hale - DE-336, WWII shipmates and from the Cold War 1957-1963 when the DE-336 became the DER-336, a Radar Picket Ship. A well-traveled shipmate recommended Bucks County as an ideal reunion location after visiting the area. 70 people stayed in Trevose and enjoyed a country barbecue and a barge ride on the Delaware River.
Contact the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau at (800) 836-2825; (215) 345-4552.
Reunion testimonies from Green Bay, Wisconsin
Connie Baye, 998th Treadway Bridge Company Reunion, wrote "We liked Green Bay so much, we voted to come back. We liked everything about Green Bay: friendly people, accommodations, attractions. Some of our attendees had never been to Wisconsin and remarked how beautiful the state is. Also, the Visitor and Convention Bureau bent over backwards and provided services free that we didn't expect, such as name badges and discount coupons to area attractions like the Packer (Football) Hall of Fame and Heritage Hill State Park. Whoever wasn't a Packer fan is now!"
Gradyn Davies, 14th Cavalry Military Reunion, said, "We brought a group of World War II vets from all over the US, some who had been to reunions in Boston, Fort Worth and Chicago. They said Green Bay was the most enjoyable of all the cities they had been to. We were impressed with the friendliness in Green Bay. The Visitor and Convention Bureau is worth its weight in gold."
Perry Harris writes, "Everybody from our Subic Bay Reunion group was very pleased with our accommodations and great entertainment. We enjoyed the Packer Hall of Fame, Green Bay Botanical Garden, and National Railroad Museum. We would definitely like to come back."