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Please join the Delaware Military Heritage & Education Foundation at Fort DuPont in Delaware City on October 12, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for Delaware Military Heritage Day.  Spend the day exploring military history with your family—learn about different eras of military life from first-person re-enactors and witness the thunder of mortar fire. This event is free and open to the public, and includes a full program of firing demonstrations and reenactment units from many time periods, as well as historic military vehicles and military history enthusiast groups.  Also on the grounds on this day, American Legion Middletown Post 25 is sponsoring an antique car show.

The day begins at 10:00 AM with a brief opening ceremony, and then features a rotating series of firing demonstrations, tours and other activities. Scheduled at this time to appear in 15 minute increments are the following units: 1st Delaware Regiment (Revolutionary War); 69th New York Infantry (Civil War); Fort Delaware mortar crew (Civil War); Infantry Regiment 92, Brunswick (World War I); 509th Airborne (World War II); and 261st Coastal Artillery (World War II).  The sequence will then repeat beginning at 1:15 PM.

The day also features performances of  “In Honor and Glory,” an original play written by Gail Wagner and performed by the Reedy Point Players, Delaware City’s resident theater company. Tours of Fort DuPont will be given by Bonnie Rorabaugh, who grew up on the base while her father served as quartermaster. For children who want to get involved, there will be a bike parade at 11:30 AM. Prizes for the most creative and best patriotic bike!
For more information, exact times of activities and updated schedules, please visit  the website www.demilitaryheritage.org or  send an email to info@demilitaryheritage.org.

The Delaware Military Heritage & Education Foundation (DMHEF) is a private nonprofit organization with a Mission to honor and preserve Delaware’s rich military heritage, from the Revolutionary War to the present, and including all branches of the Armed Forces.  In addition to Delaware Military Heritage Day, DMHEF programs include military history lectures, sponsoring veterans as speakers in schools, and preserving documents, photographs and other materials related to the lives and careers of our servicemen and women.

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