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Alvin C York Park Honoring Veterans Over Four Days

Veterans Day takes on a special significance at Alvin C York State Park, honoring and educating for four straight days.

Park Manager Nate Dodson said Thursday begins the events with a short ceremony thanking veterans at 11:00 AM. Dodson said the living reenactments of World War I begin on Friday for students, opening up to everyone on Saturday.

“You see the men in the trenches with their wool and boots on,” Dodson said. “They’re muddy and they’ve got their weapons and equipment with them and you really get a sense of what that war was like.”

Dodson said on Saturday people will get a look into life on the front lines, work done by the Red Cross and a “Doughboy” camp. Dodson said Saturday is the real main event of the weekend at 9:00 AM.

“We have reenactors from all over the place, these guys come in from up north and down south, they come to this site as a World War I Mecca,” Dodson said. “Being the home of Alvin C York himself. We open it up to school groups because we believe it’s pretty important to pass that information along to the younger generation and teach them about World War I.”

He said this is a chance to experience the life of a veteran, leaving a greater appreciation of our nation’s veterans this weekend.

There is no cost to attend the park events. The full list of events include:

Thursday’s Veteran Ceremony begins at 11:00 AM and is also available on Facebook Live.

Friday’s Student Day is from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Saturday’s Red Cross Aid Station, Camp “Doughboy” and The Fighting Front presentations from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Sunday includes a 10:00 AM Morning Service and 11:00 AM baseball game.

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