Hangar Day set in Frederick


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The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s Open Hangar Day will be held Saturay, July 25 beginning at 8 a.m. in nearby Frederick.

Open Hangar Day will be held at the historic Frederick Army Airfield section of the Frederick Regional Airport, southeast of Frederick, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to 1940s historic military displays and vehicles, drinks and snacks will be available in the “mess hall”. WWII Veterans will be in attendance and will be honored at the wing pinning ceremony for the jump school students.

In addition, the Frederick Masonic Lodge will be selling pulled pork sandwiches during lunch to help raise funds for the WWII Airborne Team.

The day before Hangar, Friday, July 24, the Frederick Arts Council will present “Rescue from Los Banos Internment

Camp.”

The program offers a very unique opportunity to meet and hear from an actual Japanese internment camp prisoner. The program will be held in the Ramona Theater, and will hosted by Patty Gene Croft, now Patty Stevens, who was held in the Japanese POW camp at Los Banos for three years in the Philippines, along with her mother and brother.

All 2,147 internees were about to be executed when the 11th Airborne Division, along with other forces, raided the camp and freed the prisoners on Feb 23, 1945.

A film with actual footage of the Los Banos rescue will be shown, and Croft-Stevens will be on stage to comment and narrate the film. Following the program punch and cookies will be offered at the Lois Long.

In addition, the audience will be treated to the lovely voices of forties style singers.

The program will be free, and open to the public.

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