[r59] Representatives Honor Victory Days (2/20/2008)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Start Date: 2/20/2008 All Day
End Date: 2/20/2008

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2008 - Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), along with the Indiana General Assembly, proudly recognized its appreciation for Victory Days and all the hard work that has gone into this annual educational and charitable event.

"The state of Indiana is fortunate to host the annual Victory Days living history museum and event which is designed to honor, preserve and perpetuate the memory and sacrifices made by many Americans during World War II," Frizzell said.

"Education is the main focus of the event, and specific programs are offered for elementary, middle and high school students to be able to learn about this significant period in American history," Frizzell said.

Guests can step back in time to experience an authentic re-enactment of both military and civilian life from the 1940s. The event plays host to different activities guests can enjoy, such as viewing a parade recreating a 1943 war bonds rally, participating as a live audience member for a 1940s-vintage radio program, dancing to the sounds of 1940s bands or catch a viewing of Casablanca. Victory Days also displays a vast collection of military aircraft, classic automobiles and a steam-powered locomotive for guests to explore.

"The Columbus Municipal Airport is the perfect home to this event, as its airfields opened in 1943 as the Atterbury Air Force Base," Smith said.

The base served as a training field for medium-sized bombers and gliders and throughout World War II, was used as a landing field for military planes carrying wounded soldiers.

"This event offers a unique window into our nation's greatest generation and is a coveted attraction for countless Hoosiers and out-of-state guests," Smith said.

The event will take place in October with Habitat for Humanity being designated as this year's sole beneficiary of proceeds collected.