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November 7, 2013

Three-day free, open to the public veterans salute runs through Saturday at Active Aging in downtown Meadville

Event features educational speakers and displays

MEADVILLE — Through a Veteran’s Eye: A Salute Now and Then started today and runs through Saturday at Active Aging in downtown Meadville. Here is the rest of the schedule starting with Friday morning:

Through a Veteran’s Eye: A Salute Now and Then

2013 Schedule of Events



Welcome — The Meadville Tribune

Invocation — Rev. Rachel Johns of Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Raising of the American Flag — Cochranton American Legion Post 836

Pledge of Allegiance — Eagle Scout

MEMORABILIA DISPLAYS — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inside, explore history through exhibitions and displays of authentic military artifacts from around the world. Meet the veterans who have kept and cherished these historic treasures. Outside, view restored and maintained vintage military vehicles.

 All day — Civil War mourning display with presentation and talk in the display area.

10:15 a.m. — War Bonds/drives: After Pearl Harbor, war bonds were sold to garner funds for the war effort. Famous actors and other celebrities participated in fundraiser drives to encourage American citizens to purchase bonds.

1 p.m. — World War II flight gear: Facing freezing temperatures on high-altitude bombing missions, aircrews had to use heated clothing, oxygen equipment and heavy flak jackets. See how all of these items were used.

2 p.m. — Field communications: The ability for units to communicate between each other and with headquarters was critical for a successful invasion. Discover how field phones and radios were used and get a chance to talk with a friend on a real World War II field phone.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Vehicle displays: The Cambridge Springs-based National Guard unit will show the latest in our armed forces combat vehicles, the Stryker and Humvee. In addition, the following vehicles are expected:

Ford GPW: Before World War II began, American Bantam Car Company, Ford Motor Company, and Willys-Overland Motors competed for contracts to provide Jeeps for the United States Army. Bantam initially received the contract, but Ford and Willys-Overland were used to meet production demands. The Ford GPW was named for its general purpose and the W is for its Willys design. President Eisenhower once said that the two pieces of equipment that were most influential in winning the war were the Jeep and the C-47.

Willys M-38: The Willys M-38 replaced the World War II version of the GPW and was used in Korea. It was produced from 1950 to 1952.   

M-38 A1: The M-38 A1 produced from 1952 to 1957 was the first Jeep with a round fender, and 101,488 of these vehicles were manufactured.

Studebaker M-29 Weasel: Studebaker received a military contract in 1942 and went to work developing the Weasel. It was first meant to be a snow vehicle, however the M-29 became a master of all terrains.

M-37: The M-37 was introduced in 1952 and was used throughout the late 1960s, especially during the Korean Conflict where it was used to transport heavy arms.

Worksman World War II Flightman Tricycle: Worksman built cycles for industrial uses that allowed workers to move quickly and efficiently across large industrial plants and airports.

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