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1940s relived

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is hosting its 1940s family day festival on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to travel back in time to a bygone era with music, vendors, living history, games, tours and more.

The family day festival will feature a full day of World War II programs, activities and displays.  Scheduled activities include a 1940s fashion station, dozens of living historians, artifact displays, period vehicles, homefront activities, face painting, book-signings, craft vendors and opportunities to meet veterans. 

More than 40 activity stations are planned, all family-friendly and hands-on.  

Live entertainment will occur throughout the day with guest musicians Rick Dellinger and Keith Campbell providing big band tunes. 

Karen Nichols will perform jazz selections, and Ken and Ally will feature an array of acoustic folk music.  

The lawn concert begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. 

This year the National D-Day Memorial also is hosting Art Beltrone, appraiser and dealer in military artifacts and documents who will give unofficial appraisals of military artifacts and documents.  

Those attending can bring their favorite military memorabilia and see what it is worth, but the limit is one per person.  

The memorial also is looking for owners of vintage automobiles who wish to display their antique cars (pre-1950) at the war memorial during the day.  Those interested can call 540-586-3329 to register their vehicle. 

Food will be available on site throughout the day.  

Family Day 2012 is generously sponsored by Woodmen of the World Lodge 175 and the Kiwanis Club of Bedford. 

Students 18 and under get in free.  Adult tickets are $7 per person with all proceeds benefitting education initiatives at the memorial.

For more information about this special day coming up Saturday, July 21, visit www.dday.org for more information or call 540-586-3329.