August 20th Photos Page

The first 4 photos below were taken on August 13th.  This was the second annual celebration of the Spirit of '45, and we again had a lot of vintage equipment on the pier, people dressed in period clothes and a reenactment of the signing of the Articles of Surrender onboard USS Missouri that ended the war with Japan.  The rest of the photos were taken on August 20th when I went AWOL from the Battleship and visited the Tank Farm open house in Nokesville, VA.  As an old Army guy I must say it was awesome! 

 

August 20th Photo #1
Here a couple of the ships Radio Club volunteers work on making a
recently acquired radar repeater unit light up and look operational.
The Radio Club has done a great job of "re-energizing" much of
the equipment in Forward Main Battery Plot in preparation
for the new Turret 2 Experience Tour.
 

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"General MacArthur" rendering a salute as he comes onboard.
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"General MacArthur" speaking during the surrender reenactment.
August 20th Photo #4
Following the reenactment several WWII veterans shared some really
interesting stories about their wartime experiences.  This lady served
as a WAVE, and the gentleman in the blue blazer was onboard
 USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on the day of the surrender.
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The next 36 photos are from my visit to the Tank Farm on August 20th.
Rather than writing individual captions for each photo I'll just give a short
summary of the days events.  I arrived at noon and found the collection
of vintage armor you see here, pretty impressive. All afternoon there were
 demonstrations going on and rides were also available on a variety of APCs
and Tanks.  There was also a flame thrower demonstration which for me
was the highlight of the show, that thing was awesome! I was standing
 somewhere around 100 feet from it and could still feel the heat!
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Pretty Cool BMW!!

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This Russian T-34 was a huge crowd favorite, it was pretty cool!

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Feeling the heat from here!
 

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