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‘America in World War I – the 100th Anniversary’ event slated in Stephens City

The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society in conjunction with P.M. Fravel, a local historian, will host a special museum presentation and display focusing on “America in World War I” this weekend in Stephens City.

Fravel said this event was started five years ago as a way to commemorate those who served in wars from World War I to Vietnam.

“For many of families that bring their fathers or grandfather, it’s the first time they’ve heard in detail their experiences during the war,” Fravel said. “The troubles they faced, their fears and struggles. For many, it’s eye-opening.”

Saturday’s event will be marked by a number of exhibits and events including an extensive display of original artifacts depicting America’s involvement during World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

A wide assortment of individual displays will also be on site depicting  America’s Involvement in World War I, the American home front during World War II, the American infantry soldier and his equipment from D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Army Air Force flight gear and the ordnance from various wars, as well as vehicles used in the Korean War and Vietnam.  

A reunion for World War II veterans is planned to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society and the Handley Regional Library will be on site Saturday representing the veterans’ oral history project, which was started to record local veterans’ war stories.

Fravel said families are encouraged to bring World War II veterans as well as citizens involved in defense work and the home front so that they can be  scheduled for future interviews with library staff.

World War I and World War II reenactors and their displays will provide a “living history” interpretation on Saturday. 

“I hope those that attend leave with a better appreciation for the service men and women,” Fravel said. “What they went through, not just emotionally but the difficult terrain and understanding how lucky we truly are to have them. This is our way to honor those have served.” 

If You Go

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: The former Sandy’s Implement Service Location, 811 Fairfax Pike in Stephens City.

Admission: Free.

Information:  P. M. Fravel, 540-974-1044, or www.facebook.com/amhmuseum.

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