WWII demonstrations act as Memorial Day reminder

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A group of Austinites put on demonstrations Saturday to help the community remember the reason for Memorial Day.

Vounteers at Camp Mabry put on reenactments of battlefield scenes from World War II. Members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment used weapons and vehicles reminiscent of the 1940s to help visitors visualize the era in whcih the battle was fought.

Those who put the event on say its purpose is to remember the fallen.

“We do a program on Memorial Day to remind people that the holiday is more than just a day off and a BBQ,” Lee Sparks said. “It’s to honor people who made sacrifices so that we could have a day off.”

Reenactments continue Sunday. They begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is no cost to get in.

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