These folks were honored at Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s WW II Weekend with a 3 day wedding ceremony, hosted by the Luftwaffe Aircrew Reenactors Association.
This step back into the 1940’s was taking place for the 25th time this past weekend. It is a unique experience, most especially for the survivors of WWII, who are now in their 90’s and come in smaller numbers each year.
Many of the participants spend the weekend camped out at the sprawling property surrounding the private airport. But many stay at local hotels.
That is where I met the guests of honor from the Luftwaffe wedding in 2010.
The reaction that the American soldiers received was one of universal respect and admiration.
The reenactors dressed as Germans had more mixed reviews. It was interesting to witness.
Many hotel guests, on vacation or business, were at first unaware of the WWII event, always held near June 6 to commemorate D Day. They approached the Germans with a restrained curiosity.
The officers assembled in the lobby to attend private supper clubs that still exist in the area featuring Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel, and Spaetzle.
This was Pennsylvania Dutch country, the word Dutch evolving as a mispronunciation of “Deutsch” which means German. The abundance of locals who trace their roots back to Germany allowed for an easier acceptance and welcome.
It is uncertain how they might be received in other geographies. It seemed appropriate to hold the event here.
***This is Day 1 of the 5 Days- 5 Photos challenge. ***
Thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for the nomination.
I will be happy to announce my nominations on the 5th day.