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MILTON KEYNES, England — Several events are planned to celebrate USA Day at Bletchley Park, the home of World War II codebreakers who cracked the complex German Enigma code.

The American Garden Trail at the park will be opened as part of the events that start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

In addition, baseball and American football — complete with cheerleading — will be played. And American food such as hotdogs and Cajun chicken will be available, along with buttermilk pancakes and popcorn.

The trail features several trees that are well-known to Americans. It starts at a giant sequoia tree, symbol of California, which was planted in front of the park mansion in Victorian times. The trail also features an orange tree from Florida and a lilac tree from New Hampshire.

American jitterbug dancers will perform, and American classic cars will be displayed.

The park was a vital part of the Allied victory during World War II. According to the park’s Web site, it was here that codebreakers, who were given no chance to break the code, used the world’s first computer to accomplish the impossible and shorten the war, historians believe, by two years.

Up to 10,000 people worked at the park during the war, but it was emptied by 1946.

More information is available at the Web site: www.bletchleypark.org.uk.


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