Tidioute's 11th Annual World War II                              Reenactment 

    Remembering Operation market Garden                   1944 Bridge at Nijmegen, Holland                         Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm                                   (This is a FREE event) 

On Saturday, August 3rd, Tidioute will host thier 11th annual World War II Reenanctment but this year things will be a bit different as a new battle will be reenacted.  This year the public battle will be "The Bridge at Nijmegen, Holland, - Operation Market Garden".  

 

Some of you may remember the 1977 war movie, "A Bridge Too Far".  This is the same battle that will be reenacted live in Tidioute this year.  2019 Marks the 75th anniversary of this battle.  Market Garden was the largest Allied Airborne drop during WWII.  This operation was planned by Bristish General Montgomery to capture three major bridges in Holland up the Rhine River.  Bristish armor and infantry units would link up with American and British paratrooper divisions.  Many new British and Canadian units will be attending.  The 101st and 82nd Airborne units will also be represented as several hundred reenactors from all over the United States and Canada merge to bring history to life.   

Guest vocalist Ms. Desiree McChesney

 

Ms. McChesney is a life long Tidioute resident and Tidioute Community Charter School graduate.  

Photo:  Disiree is her 1940's attire.    

World War II Veterans Bruce Ziegler, of Tidioute, PA. (left) and Kermit Schwartz, of Canadaqua, NY. (right) in the veterans tent during the 2018 Reenanctment.  The two men served together in the 66th Infantry Division, "Black Panthers" 262nd Regiment, Company I Mortoar Squad - European Theatre.  Sadly we lost Mr. Ziegler this year.  He will be missed by many as his service and dedication to our community and country will not be forgotten.    

2018 Reenactment Speach by Beth Ziegler
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Tidioute WWII Reenactment T-shirts 

The official 2018 reenactment t-shirts have sold out but the 2019 shirts have arrived and are on sale.  Prices will remain the same and be $15.00 each and are available in sizes small through 3 XL.  They will be for sale at the Tidioute Borough Office located at 129 Main Street and on the grounds the day of the event.  All proceeds go to the Reenactment Committee and help defray the cost of the event. Hats are also available this year for $15.00

The 2019 reenactment t-shirt; color navy

 

Visit www.remagenbridge.com for more information and photos of past events.   

 

Reminders & Tips:

  • For everyone's safety, spectators are asked to remain outside the roped areas during the reenactment and to follow instructions of the Fire Police and reenactment volunteers.
  •  Viewing areas are available on both sides of the river with limited nearby parking.
  • There will be a specail viewing area for Veterans located at the intersection of King Street and Buckingham Street.  All veterans are welcome.
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket for hillside viewing. 
  • Port a Johns are set up through out the viewing area and include handicapp accomidations.
  • The Tidioute Bridge will be closed to vehicle and foot traffic from 2:00pm until the completion of the event so be sure to determine which side of the river you want to watch from and plan accordingly.
  • Opening ceremonies begin at 2:30 pm

 

Please Note:

The Tidioute Bridge will be closed to vehicle and foot traffic from 2:00 pm until the completion of the event around 4:00 pm.  Be sure to determine which side of the river yu want to watch from and plan accordingly.  Route 62 will be closed during the event from approximatley 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  Plan for delays and drive carefully as route 62 will be congested.

Tidioute WWII Reenactment

Reenacting the 1945 Battle of the bridge at Remagen, Germany

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