TOPEKA, Kan. -- Sixty-seven years after the end of World War II, veterans of the war will be remembered on June 9 during Heartland Military Day with displays and battle reenactments at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, Forbes Field, Topeka. The museum is also home to the 35th Infantry Division Museum, which fought across Europe in World War II.
The day will begin with a Pancake Feed from 7 to 9 a.m., followed by a performance by the Topeka Big Band at 9:30 a.m. and WW II battle re-enactments by the Rolling Thunder Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Vehicle and equipment displays, including modern military equipment, will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Kansas City Betty’s USO Troop will participate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Civil War re-enactors, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs will have exhibits.
All of the museum’s 120 inside exhibits and 31 outside exhibits will also be available for viewing. Featured are the 35th Division Museum, the MASH “Swamp” tent, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, a Weapons Gallery, the Air National Guard Gallery and exhibits from the 155 year history of the Kansas National Guard. Of special note are 10 new weapons on loan from the Eisenhower Library and Museum at Abilene. Concessions and lunch will be available in the museum.
All events and admission to the Museum are free. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.