(Old Bethpage, N.Y.) – World War II Encampment Weekend that brings visitors back to a time when freedom hung in the balance is returning to the Museum of American Armor inside Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, Long Island, on Saturday, June 19th and 20th under COVID protocols.
An array of Allied and enemy vehicles will be on operational display while reenactors from the Long Island Living History Association will present uniforms, tactics, and weapons of that era.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran stated, “This much anticipated annual tribute is returning to not only honor our veterans but to remind us that Nassau County and all of Long Island is opening up by following proven protocols that protect public health.”
Armor Museum president and founder Lawrence Kadish, observed, “The Armor Museum offers a powerful presentation that evolves year to year to keep alive the legacy of our nation’s military and the gift of freedom they have given us.”
History Channel’s Historian Emeritus Dr. Libby O’Connell said, “The Armor Museum is a unique commitment by public and private sectors to preserve and present a seminal chapter in the history of our nation... and our world. World War II Encampment Weekend is a powerful field trip back in time for every family because this is the story about all of us.”
The Armor Museum’s Senior Trustee, Michael Sapraicone, noted, “World War II Weekend is designed to remind Long Islanders that they have heroes in their families. That medal in the back of the dresser? It was for your grandfather’s valor. That fading honorable discharge certificate? It was won on a far off battlefield. And the freedoms we enjoy? That’s the legacy they have left all of us.”
Families will be admitted only with pre-reservation e-tickets purchased on a first come – first served basis. Admission fees will be posted and available by going on line at HERE.
Families can bring lawn chairs to designated areas, masked, and separated from other visitors as directed by park safety personnel.
The Armor Museum enjoys the support of Squad Security, Bristal Assisted Living, PSEG Long Island, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, among others.
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