World War II event to be held at Pioneer Village

The Ozaukee County Historical Society will hold its fifth annual World War II event on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, at Pioneer Village in the Town of Saukville.

The Society and the 1st Allied Airborne Living History Re-enactors will transform the village into Metz, France to re-enact the story of “Metz: The City That Wouldn’t  Surrender.”

Metz is in northeast France, an area that had fallen to Germans in 1940 and was annexed to the Third Reich and became a focal point for Germans mounting a defense to contain the advancing U.S. Third Army. The battle for Metz lasted from September 1944 until the end of November, with heavy causalities. The last isolated forts of Metz did not surrender until well into December 1944.

During the event, those attending will see the military encampments of U.S., German and French units as well as the Veteran’s Military Museum military vehicles on parade.

Demonstrations and exhibits of uniforms, artifacts and weaponry of the time will be part of the event, as well as a French café, a USO canteen in a 1907 railroad station and the Metz field battles.

A special USO-style dance will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Village Hall featuring period music performed by Swing Nouveau. Admission to the dance is $8.

The World War II event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission will be $10 for adults, $8 for students ages 13 to 17 and senior citizens and $5 for veterans and children ages 5 to 12.

World War II veterans and children younger than 5 will be admitted free.

Wristbands will be provided, so those who attend can see the encampment Saturday can return for the dance.

 Food and beverages will be available for purchase both days.

Pioneer Village, is at 4880 Hwy. I.

For more information, visit www.ochs.co.ozaukee.wi.us/events.

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