OSWEGO, NY – This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which began June 6, 1944. The marine museum will honor this event by holding a series of programs on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A history presentation, WWII re-enactments and WWII exhibits will be featured all day.
The H. Lee White Marine Museum is asking admission by suggested donation to one of the vessels which played a huge role in WWII, the LT-5. The museum is located on the West First Pier in Oswego.
A history lecture from Dan Ferens, whose father was a POW at Stalag 17, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Ferens’ father left journals and letters behind which he will share in his presentation, “WWII –Staglag 17: A P.O.W’s Story”. There will also be WWII re-enactors from Syracuse in full uniform that will demonstrate various aspects of life on the front line and re-enact the Normandy invasion. The re-enactors will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. interacting with guests throughout the day.
A new exhibit will be unveiled for the day illustrating the crucial role that supply ships, like the LT-5, played in the Normandy Invasion. The LT-5 is a National Historic Landmark which was built in 1943. It is one of the last remaining operational US Army Transport vessels of its type left from WWII and can be toured at the museum daily.
A WWII Jeep will be on site as well as a 25-foot Coast Guard boat fully dressed. The Sea Scouts will greet visitors and serve refreshments all day. For more information on the D-Day event visit, www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or call 315-342-0480.