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May 2021

Victory in Europe (VE) Day Commemoration

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

"Victory in Europe Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. (SOURCE: Wikipedia, Victory in Europe…

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Memorial Day Commemoration

May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Unfortunately, this event was canceled due to inclement weather.) Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. On this day, the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military are honored. Memorial Day originated in…

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June 2021

D-Day Invasion Commemoration

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the…

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July 2021

Independence Day Commemoration

July 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later (July 4) delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, This ceremony commemorates America's birthday will occur at the Park's American Revolutionary War Memorial across from the…

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Korean War Armistice Day

July 27 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

The Korean Armistice Agreement brought to an end over three years of tremendous fighting against communist expansionism and tyranny on the Korean Peninsula. WVMP will honor the the 23,600 Americans who were killed in action and the more than 103,000 who were wounded in the…

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August 2021

Desert Shield/Desert Storm Recognition Event

August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This ceremony will be held at the Operation Freedom Memorial and honors and remembers all those Americans who served in Desert Storm. Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. This ceremony will occur at the Operation Freedom Memorial near the Arkansas River and include: Flag-lined sidewalk…

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September 2021

Victory Over Japan (VJ) Day Commemoration

September 2 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day,” the term is used to refer to September 2, 1945. On that date, the Empire of Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay.  (SOURCE: History.com, V-J Day.) WVMP will…

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USS Porterfield DD 682 Reunion

September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The reunion includes a ceremony held at the USS Wichita Memorial (in WVMP down along the River towards the Keeper of the Plains statue). This ceremony will occur at the USS Wichita Memorial near the Arkansas River and include: Flag-lined sidewalk Color Guard "Taps," etc…

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Berlin Airlift Commemoration

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Berlin Airlift was "a military operation in the late 1940s that brought food and other needed goods into West Berlin by air after the government of East Germany, which at that time surrounded West Berlin, had cut off its supply routes. The United States joined with…

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October 2021

Tolling of the Boats

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Tolling of the Boats ceremony honors and remembers all lost submarines and submarine sailors of the United States Navy. The ceremony was initiated by the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II to remember their lost friends and shipmates lost during World War…

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