WWII actors teach history lessons


LIMA – WWII reenactments took over Lauer Farms over the weekend to give the public a glimpse of some of the equipment and uniforms used during this historic war.

On Saturday, Lauer Farms, 800 Roush Road, Lima, turned into a battlefield, pitting the American allies against the Germans.

The event was a cooperative effort between the Johnny Appleseed Parks District and a local nonprofit.

“It’s really in partnership with a non-profit organization called Lauer Farms 1944, which is not associated with the park district. The park district just has ownership that they can use, ”said Tyler Black, park district manager.

The event attracts reenactors from a wide region.

“They have people here from Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. There are people here from the Women’s Air Corps. We have people dressed as German reenactors and a lot of people dressed as Allied reenactors, ”Black said.

“We are a non-profit organization that teaches the history of WWII through the interpretation of living history. We come here once a year and we have an event and we have set up three camps, German, Allied and Homefront. We have several vehicles that come in here and camp out all weekend, ”said Matt Martini, Lauer Farms 1944 event manager.

Events like this breathe new life into what is taught in the history books.

“I think it’s super important because as we get older a lot of people think history only remembers dates and things like that, however, I think we can learn a lot of lessons and conclusions. important to history and also keeping the stories of the people who lived it alive are really important to me personally, ”said Lacey Opdycke, of Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Black says it’s important to support events like this.

“I think it just shows that we’re for the community no matter what, no matter what we do, whether it’s nature-based programming, historic programming like this shows that we definitely support the elders.” fighters. I think a lot of veterans come here and they really enjoy it, ”said Black.

The event continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fights scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Soldiers hide in their foxholes during the battle on Saturday at historic Lauer Farms in Lima.

Skylar Cargal (left) and Danielle Lord (right) watch a reenactment of a WWII battle dressed as German Red Cross ladies on Saturday during WWII Living Weekend at Lauer Historical Farms .

Van Wert’s Daryl Lichtenberger watched his friends fight from the sidelines on Saturday. Daryl is part of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, a group of living historians of World War II.

Contact Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.


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