WWII Weekend 2010 has come to a close. Despite the amount of rain that fell on us the entire weekend, it was a success for many reasons. With pride I would like to thank the courageous public for braving the rain to come out and see our event. For the amount of rain and the threat of bad storms, people still came out to see the show to the tune of 10,000 people over the weekend. I have heard praise on how well the battles worked and how impressive the campsites were. Thank you all for attending our event. Please contact St.Louis county parks if you had a good time , Parks Director 314-615-5454. Also, feel free to leave a comment on our guest book page http://2ndrangers.org/guestbook.php#entry.
I would also like to take this time to thank all the dedicated re-enactors that helped make this event run. Without your hard work, travel, and dedication, it all would not be possible. Special thanks to Moose for use of the radios, they were a life saver, and Brian for use of his mega phone, it was a voice saver. There were some adjustments this year and we are starting to enforce new rules, registration, and safety and authenticity standards. Thank you all for your cooperation, and understanding with these efforts. thanks also to my fellow Rangers for their tireless efforts in planning, and execution of the event.
One more highlight to touch upon. We had been able to get a surviving D co. 2nd Battalion WWII Ranger to attend our event. We all had such a good time with him. From getting him a cake for his birthday he just celebrated, and singing happy birthday, to having fun at the dance, and watching him hand out promotions to our men. We had a great time with Bill and hope he enjoyed it. We also had an honorary member of our group come from Ohio to attend the event. Her father was 3rd Battalion Ranger WWII, and like us, she wants to carry out the mission of education to keep their memories alive. She was astonished to say the least. From the amount of people, to the camps, and the vehicles. She got a better understanding of why we do what we do, and how we do it. She also helped serve our cause at the event by helping to buy groceries, and working registration. Thanks again for your hard work Patti.
I would also like to thank the parks for being patient and having understanding. There was considerable damage done to the park due to vehicles and foot traffic. So far the parks have kept our costs down to a minimum. for repairs. If you would like to see photographs of this event. Please check out our photo gallery. http://2ndrangers.org/cpg1419/
Again, thank you all for your attendance, patience, hard work, and understanding.
Sgt. Kevin Owens
U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry battalion of St.Louis,