Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Hosts WWII Encampment

Join us at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for an exciting World War II living history encampment on Saturday, July 20, from 9 am to 4 pm. This free event, presented in partnership with Living History Group Northwest, brings together local groups dedicated to honoring and sharing the stories of America’s fighting forces during World War II.

“Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has a rich 164-year history with the US Army, including its role during World War II,” says Volunteer Program Coordinator Jennifer Ladd. “During the war, Vancouver Barracks was a port of embarkation, organizing, equipping, and training thousands of soldiers for combat in Africa, Europe, and the Pacific.”

At the event, living history volunteers will portray various US Army units from World War II, including medics, cavalry, infantry, and personnel from the US Army Air Corps and Women’s Army Corps. Volunteers will showcase their uniforms, weapons, tents, and equipment, including military Jeeps and trucks from the era. The encampment will be set up outdoors at the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground, just east of the reconstructed bandstand. You’re invited to explore the encampment, interact with the reenactors, and get a close-up view of their authentic uniforms and equipment.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with the National Park Service to bring this World War II living history event to Fort Vancouver,” says Eric Porter, Unit Commander of the 113th Cavalry Living History Group. “This is our eighth year participating, and it keeps getting bigger each year.”

During the event, the park’s Visitor Center, Pearson Air Museum, and the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company fort will be open from 9 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience history firsthand!

What: World War II living history encampment
Who: Living History Group Northwest, in partnership with the National Park Service
When: 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, July 20, 2024
Where: Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Cost: Free

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on July 5, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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