NEWINGTON - The last weekend of September at the National Iwo Jima Memorial Park is going to be memorable.
In fact, the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation is calling it “A Weekend to Remember,” with plans to offer visitors a glimpse back in time to the crucial World War II battle.
Activities begin the morning of Saturday, Sept. 30, and are set to run through Sunday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The foundation will be hosting war historians and re-enactors, who plan to camp on the grounds with authentic gear.
“If people would like to stop by in the evening and look at camp life they are welcome,” President Mark Adamski said. “We’re bringing all kinds of military service tents and are going to be camping as if we were in the field in Europe or the pacific, roughing it for a few days.”
During the daytime, the group will present displays of demilitarized weapons, uniforms and other antique treasures from World War II. They will also be answering questions of visitors in a period-style format, assuming roles from that time.
Annual events at the park occur on veterans’ holidays and are often attended by the few remaining local residents who survived the battle, most of whom are now in their 90s. This particular weekend, however, is not in honor of any specific occasion.
“The purpose is just to get people to rediscover the park, come and enjoy it, look at the monument and read inscriptions on the side of it,” Adamski explained. “Any and all are welcome.”
Admission to “A Weekend to Remember”is free. Donations to the foundation are asked to be made by check only and will be used to maintain and make improvements to the park.