The Ozaukee County Historical Society Holds its
5th Annual WWII Event
The year is 1944 and the city is Metz, France, a city located in northeast France that had previously fallen to Germans in 1940 and was annexed to the Third Reich. The Allied forces of France, with its heavy fortifications, became an important focal point for the Germans to mount a defense to contain the advancing U.S. Third Army. The battle for Metz, France lasted from September until the end of November in 1944, with heavy causalities. The last isolated forts of Metz did not surrender until well into December 1944. On Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, the Ozaukee County Historical Society and the 1st Allied Airborne Living History Re-enactors will transform Ozaukee County Pioneer Village into a European Village in the midst of World War II. Get ready to step back in time and experience, first-hand: “Metz: The City That Wouldn’t Surrender”.
Attendees can expect to see the military encampments of U.S., German and French units, to name a few. They will see the Veteran’s Military Museum military vehicles on parade, plus demonstrations, uniforms, artifacts and weaponry of the time. They will visit a French café, a USO canteen in a 1907 railroad station and the Metz field battles.
A special USO style dance is held on Saturday at 7:00PM in the Village Hall featuring wartime favorites and the music of the forties by one of Milwaukee’s best swing band, Swing Nouveau. The re-enactors and USO girls will wear the dress-best to entertain the public, as well. Come listen to the music and attend the dance for only $8.
The event runs from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 10AM to 3PM on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students (13-17) and Seniors and $5 for all veterans and children 5-12. World War II veterans and small children (under 5) are free. Wrist bands will be provided, so those who attend can see the encampment during the day on Saturday and come back for the dance in the evening, at no additional cost. Food and beverages are available both days. Pioneer Village is located at 4880 Highway I in the Town of Saukville. Go to https://www.ochs.co.ozaukee.wi.us/events for event schedule and further details of the event.
May 18th & May 19th $10 Adults, $8 Students(13-17)/Seniors, $5 Veterans/Children (5-12) & Under, WWII Veterans and OCHS Members are Free
(Wrist Bands are distributed so people who come early in the day to see the encampment can return in the evening for the dance on SATURDAY ONLY)