Join Fort Roberdeau for its annual tribute to America's veterans from all eras November 4-5, 2017. A wide array of events commemorate the experiences of service members from the Revolutionary War to the present, including lectures, reenactment, and a film showing. Collectively the activities demonstrate a broad timeline of the military tradition initiated in the era of Fort Roberdeau's operation in the 1770s.
Saturday's activities kickoff at 11am with a fellowship hour for area veterans as a means to connect and chat with fellow comrades. A subsequent complimentary lunch for veterans and a guest will be served at noon. Please register in advance for the luncheon by calling the fort. During the meal, fort historian and Army veteran Cat Schirf will give a presentation about POWs, from both sides, British and Continental, who spent time at Fort Roberdeau during the American Revolution.
On Sunday at 2pm, the fort will be hosting a screening of WPSU's new Vietnam War documentary A Time to Heal. The moving film chronicles the events and attitudes that profoundly shaped the lives of several Pennsylvanians drawn into the war in Southeast Asia. The film lasts approximately 55 minutes and will be shown in White Oak Hall.
From 11-4 on Saturday and 12-4 Sunday, reenactors from the Furious Fourth WWII Living History Group will offer additional historical context regarding the prisoner of war experience via displays within the fort. Standing in as WWII era barracks, cabins in the fort will serve as a venue to learn more about American airmen shot down over Europe in the 1940s. Come learn from them stories about capture and life in captivity. Students will have the opportunity to engage in immersive educational activities throughout the days. In the nearby log house, visit the guards garrisoned at the camp. Meanwhile, stroll to the farmhouse to learn more about the home front and the role of American women and families during the Second World War.
Programming throughout the weekend will offer visitors an intimate portrait of how Americans have been tested by war over the past 240 years and serves as a timely precursor to Veterans' Day observances. Veterans and luncheon guests receive free admission through the weekend. The standard admission of $5 per person applies to all other weekend visitors. Proceeds support the fort. The fort's gift shop will be open during the event's operation hours and the fort grounds are open from 8am to sunset. To register for the luncheon, please call 814-948-0048.