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May 24 & 25, 2024

May 24 & 25, 2024

Pennsylvania Military Museum

Various Activities Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25
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Into the Cold Blue: My WWII Journeys with the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Friday, May 24, 2024

6:30 - 8pm

A born daredevil, John Homan joined the Army Air Forces after the Pearl Harbor attack. By 1944, he was co-piloting a B-24 Liberator over Nazi Germany, raining death and destruction on the enemy. He miraculously survived thirty-four combat missions over four months. Nearly eighty years later, he teamed up with historian Jared Frederick to author a powerfully revealing memoir of the air war in Europe. Join Homan and Frederick on Memorial Day weekend for an engaging conversation on the camaraderie, heroism, and horror experienced by Homan and his fellow aviators. Audience Q&A will follow. Personalized, signed copies of Homan's and Frederick's book, Into the Cold Blue, will be available for purchase after the authors' presentation.

This exclusive evening engagement kicks off the museum's WWII weekend, Life at the Front. The conversation begins at 6:30pm on Friday May 24 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County, PA.

Admission is free and open to the general public. Donations to the museum are welcome.

A Walk to Remember Our Fallen
Saturday, May 25, 2024
8 - 9:45am

Join members of A Soldiers Hands & Carry The Load, and community members for a walk, roll, or ruck event providing an opporunity to pause, and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Event will take place rain or shine, on the Walking Path of the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

Registration Required:


Life at The Front: World War Two
Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 10:00am 
Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 3:00pm

Immerse yourself in life on the Western Front during the second World War. Explore an army camp and talk to living historians about life on the front lines; spend your weekend with us and learn how the pivotal Battle of Hurtgen Forest changed the course of the war and the lives of the soldiers who fought in it. Encampment open to the public 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Donation Appreciated.


Finding My Father's Footsteps
Saturday, May 25, 2024
2 - 3:15pm

The United States 4th Infantry Division’s 22nd Infantry Regiment loads at Plymouth, England, June 5, 1944, in preparation for landing on D-Day. They will be transported across the English Channel in this and other similar naval landing craft to Utah Beach, Normandy, France the morning of June 6, 1944.

To honor the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing, Karen Marshall will discuss her new book, Finding My Father’s Footsteps.  Part memoir, part historic chronicle of the 4th Infantry Division’s 22nd Infantry Regiment in World War II, the book was inspired by her efforts to solve a mystery involving her father’s actions in Heinrich Himmler’s home in 1945. Armed with a war journal her father never shared with his family and her training in historical research, the author returned to the battlefields of Europe and the men her father, John Sisson, served with to find the answers.

Event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the site’s theater.
​​​​​​​Registration is not required, donations are appreciated.

Karen Marshall lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she worked in historic preservation planning for more than twenty years. Her work included extensive documentation of the Battle of Brandywine (1777) for the American Battlefield Protection Program. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware.

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