Tuesday, October 7, 2014

'Remembering WWII' Reenactment


What a wonderful time we had at the Remembering WWII event! The whole day was great.
Here we are first thing in the morning, all dressed up in our 40's duds. My three oldest siblings got to be here for the event as they were visiting during that time - so it was double fun!

Jordan's grandfather was on a submarine in the Pacific during the war, so even though this isn't his actual uniform, he put the correct insignia on it like his grandfather had. I thought he looked very dashing!
It was really neat to see him all dressed up in uniform, as we have wartime picture of his grandfather in dress blues, and they look so much alike!

I wore my favorite old green rayon dress I made for our 40s dance, back in 2011.

Even went all out and ordered some back-seamed nylons. (these are from Nordstrom) while I don't think they are exactly period correct, they were better than the usual.

Aspen looked stunning with an up-do and polka dots.
 

The battles were quite impressive. They both started with the Germans occupying the town, then the Americans and British taking over. All the military vehicles were very impressive! The battles ended with a couple of American soldiers cutting down the huge German flag hanging up on the courthouse and replacing it with the stars and stripes!




Marian's little dress I made from a 1944 pattern. It has little rounded shoulder yokes, puffed sleeves, and decorative tucks in the back. It turned out really cute, and I think it was pretty comfortable for her. Sadly we forgot her white bonnet at home that day.


 The whole town really looked like it had stepped back into the 1940s! The streets were full of military vehicles, vintage cars, soldiers, boys selling war-time newspapers, and ladies with their prettiest hats.
There was a recruiting station, a 'canteen' that had delicious root beer floats, a stage where we got to hear several veterans speak, and lots of period songs. There was even a live big band during lunch time! What a treat! The military camps were a lot of fun to see too, and very educational.




I just *had* to see what a big smooch would do to Jordan's cheek when I had red lipstick on. teehee.
 I made him wear it for a while before I wiped it off.


Marian tried hard to be such a good girl all day - 
she wore herself out though and fell asleep on Dad's arm.



The German motorcycles became quite popular with the girls.




I guess I had to wipe lipstick off Jordan several times that day...rather unhandy. lol.
 Glad I don't have to mess with that all the time. :)



That night was a USO themed evening party. It was great! We got to hear the Boyer Sisters sing, which was amazing. They have a great sound!! Visiting and watching the show was a great way to wind down the day.



I sure hope this event turns into an annual thing!

11 comments:

Esther said...

Oh my! You and your family look so 1940s!! Your outfits are amazing. And I must say, Marian is the most adorable baby girl EVER!! :)
I hope I can make it next year if they have this event again!!

wilma heger said...

O how perfect. You all look amazing. Ha, just nice red lips on his cheeks.
She is such a little good girl!
Love, Wilma

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Totally awesome! I'm SO jealous. =) I loved the outfits! I kept waiting for a recreation of the 'famous kiss' since Jordan was all dressed up in sailor duds. =)

Loved this post!!! =D =D Makes me miss y'all, though.

Ruth Torrijos said...

OH MY GOODNESS! you are all sooo perfect! hahaha and yes, his uniform is quite good looking :) I love your little family! It's so cute! haha

Love,
Ruth

The Boyer Family Singers said...

It was so neat being able to meet you (however briefly) Atlanta! All of your outfits were superb! And Marian's dress certainly looks like it would be comfy!

Blessings,

Brigid
the Middle Sister and Singer

Sarah Ring said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Have you ever been to D-Day Conneaut? It's a lot like this!

Sereina said...

You all make such an adorable 1940's family, Atlanta! What a fun event; wish I could have been there myself!

Atlanta said...

Sarah (Lilac Bud Gal) - I know, right? I actually meant to, but I didn't have time to look at a picture beforehand, and so I was unsure how to pose it...next year it will have to happen! (miss yall too! Call me sometime!)

Sarah ring - No I haven't - where is it held?

Sarah Ring said...

It is in Conneaut OH- right near us! We've gone the past couple years and it is amazing!
Here's the link to their website- http://ddayohio.us/

The Wright Family Farm said...

Wow that looks so fun! Wish we could of come. Didn't know if y'all knew about our blog or not, but it's www.thewrightfamilyfarm.blogspot.com. Marian is such a cute, sweet, little girl and y'all look great as a 1940's family :-) !
-Jesse, Alice, and Gavin Wright

Kate Graham said...

You and your family are beautiful, and I love you and Marian's dresses, glad y'all had a blast!

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