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WWII Memorial Weekend planned for April 10, 11

WWII Memorial Weekend planned for April 10, 11

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 258 Springfield, LA is proud to sponsor The William W. Perkins WWII Memorial Weekend April 10-11, 2015, at The Sidney Hutchinson Memorial Park, 12730 Ball Park Rd., Walker, LA. Mr. William W. Perkins, better known as Bill, enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1936 and left the small town of Denham Springs, LA at the age of 16 headed for northern California. He quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant and enlisted into the 184th regiment at The California National Guard. The 184th was absorbed by the 7th Infantry Division and participated in the campaigns assigned to the 7th during the war. Those campaigns included The Alleutian Islands, Kwajalein, Leyte and Okinawa. Mr. Bill was awarded the bronze star and the Purple Heart. He passed away on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012.

Weekend festivities begin with a USO/Swing Dance Friday April 10, 2015 at The Old South Jamboree, 9554 Florida Blvd, Walker, LA, from 7-10pm featuring a tribute to the golden age of radio with a stage production . The radio show will be performed by The Spotlight Theater Players, a community theater group from Denham Springs. The remainder of the night will be a swing dance with the musical entertainment being provided by Rosie and The Swingin’ Riveters, an 8 piece swing band from Denham Springs. A special performance by the Dixie Belles from the National WWII Museum will be featured. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door or by calling 225-315-3776.

Saturday’s events include living history displays, military vehicles, Axis and Allied encampments and a battle reenactment. A special attraction this year will be a kids zone where children will learn about Americas involvement in WWII through interactive games and activities.

Various food vendors will be on site for visitors to enjoy.

All proceeds benefit the LA War Veterans Home, Veterans Homeless Shelters, and sending care packages to our service men and women overseas. For more information and event schedules, please visit