Dillsburg, Pa., to honor World War II heroes
By THE YORK DISPATCH, PA. Published: August 17, 2013
The town of Dillsburg, Pa., will honor its World War II heroes with displays, re-enactments and a dance.
"It's a labor of love,," said Doug Riley, a member of the North York County Historical and Preservation Society.
The society is holding its third annual World War II Tribute on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Dill's Tavern, 227 N. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg.
The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with displays of war photos and military prints, WWII-era vehicles and the "Wall of Honor, which features names and information about Dillsburg WWII veterans. The wall also has a special section for Dillsburg High School alumni killed in the war, Riley said.
There also will be presentations by living historians.
Re-enactors from 45th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne and other infantry units will create a camp with period tents, armament and equipment displays. The units also will do drill and tactical movement demonstrations.
Local World War II vets will talk about their experiences, sign autographs and share their writings about the war.
"Some veterans like to tell their stories," Riley said. "They know they have to tell their stories, or their stories will be lost."
At 7 p.m., the society will hold a United Service Organizations-style dance at the tavern. Admission is $15, though World War II veterans will get in free, he said.
Tribute and dance attendees are encouraged to dress in period clothes.
"For this community, this is a time to show appreciation for the sacrifices veterans made," Riley said. "It's a great opportunity to let veterans know that we still care."
World War II Tribute
A World War II Tribute will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Dill's Tavern, 227 N. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg.
The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A USO-style dance is at 7 p.m. at the tavern. Admission is $15, though World War II veterans will get in free.
Dance tickets are being sold in Dillsburg at Book House at the Village Shops, 11 N. U.S. Route 15, and at Blossom Shop, 43 S. Baltimore St.