After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Army Heritage Days is back with horses and helicopters in the lead.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Middlesex Township will host the first of two special event weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 10 and 11. The event is free and open to the public.
Titled “Dragons to Air Cavalry,” the weekend will feature a cavalry charge by the living history group Horses in Action as well as a flyover in a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter by the Liberty Warbirds. The flyover will be followed by a special presentation by the pilot and crew.
In previous years, AHEC held a single weekend of special activities bundled into a two-day program in May, said Education and Outreach Team Leader Karl K. Warner III. .
This year, organizers have split activities over two weekends to provide audiences with a greater range of experiences as they interface with technology, Warner said. The event was moved to the fall to take advantage of cooler weather and to accommodate the Army War College’s newest class of students, he said.
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As before, the Heritage Days will highlight the Army’s chronology and its evolution. The September weekend will feature cavalry while the second weekend, scheduled for October 15-16, will focus on armor and artillery history.
In addition to the horses and helicopter, the September weekend will include a Pennsylvania National Guard Stryker medical exhibit, an interactive Pratt and Whitney STEM, an interactive World War II radio, and appearances by re-enactors representing different eras of American history.
Inside the Visitor and Education Center, the public can listen to lectures, participate in the Veterans’ Meetup, and visit museum exhibits, the AHEC coffee shop, and gift shop. The annual meeting of the International Plastic Modeler Society will be open to the public to showcase military models.
Parking will be free and the establishment is accessible to people with reduced mobility. For more information, visit the website at ahec.armywarcollege.edu or call 717-245-3972.
Photos: Armed Forces Heritage Days 2019
Joseph Cress is a reporter for The Sentinel covering education and history. You can reach him at [email protected] or by calling 717-218-0022.