Thursday, January 9, 2020

World War II Commemorative Weekend Dade Battlefield - 2020 - Bushnell, FL


March 7 - 8, 2020

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 Battlefield Parkway
Bushnell, FL  33513
352-793-4781

For over twenty years, the Dade Battlefield Society has been commemorating the most widespread armed conflict in history and celebrating both military and popular civilian culture during the WWII war years..

This weekend includes:

Allied and Axis uniformed re-enactors
Authentic camps and equipment
1940’s military vehicles
USO - Style Music
Comedy performance in the style of George Burns and Gracie Allen
Participate in intelligence gatherings and other missions
WWII Military Vendors
WWII Book Authors

Each site has a representation of authentic memorabilia during WWII with living history re-enactors available to answer your questions. You become fully immersed when they regale you with their stories. They portray the units of the military and civilians from different backgrounds, German, and American. One such German re-enactor is Aldis Grauds who portrayed Bruno Almanis who was the Unit Commander for the First SS Panzer Battalion. I’ve even seen a Russian or two walk around!

Elin T. Gottschalk experienced WWII when she was a child and documented her story in her award winning book “Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace.”  It’s always a pleasure talking to her at the event. Publisher: Evershine Press, Inc. Facebook:  Author Elin Toona Gottschalk



Four months before her mother passed away,  Cynthia Sandor found her mother’s secret journal from the time she was in the League of German Girls and wrote her biography entitled “Through Innocent Eyes – The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth.”  She will be displaying various BDM items.
Publisher: BDM Publishing
Facebook: Cynthia A. Sandor - Author

Set under a canopy of oak trees, military vendors display their authentic pieces and food vendors will fill your belly. Stroll along the hiking trails with their abundant wildlife, stop by the visitor’s center and view the WWII displays. The bathrooms are clean and everyone is friendly! This is a great place to bring the kids and educate them about World War II history.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday

10:00 am - Saturday - opens to public
10:15 am -  Raising of the colors at the Gazebo
11:00 am - USO style Armed Forces Radio broadcast at the Alligator Pavilion
12:00 pm / 2:00 pm - Review of military troops and vehicles
4:00 pm - Sunday - Closing ceremony lowering of the colors

It takes a dedicated group of people to plan, organize and host this annual event. Special thanks to Steve Resnick, President of the Dade Battlefield Historical State Park Society, the First Florida Chapter MVPA, and the Florida Historical Preservation Society for putting this annual event together.  

There is a $4 per person fee into the park.
Kids under 6, WWII & Korean Vets FREE.
Please contact the Dade Battlefield for more information Dade Battlefield Historical State Park