KURE BEACH, NC Sept. 3, 2015 – Highlighting more than just its Civil War history, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will commemorate “VJ (Victory over Japan) Day,” with a free, two-day program Sept. 5-6. VJ Day generally refers to Sept. 2, 1945, when the official surrender document was signed, effectively ending World War II seventy years ago.
The free, public program will be Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4p.m. World War II re-enactors and civilians, hands-on children’s activities, historic weapons demonstrations, military equipment and World War II memorabilia will showcase the tools and times of the war. Displays will be on the old fort airstrip where re-enactors will discuss the life of the World War II soldier, homefront, the anti-aircraft artillery school, history of Camp Davis and the roles women played in the march to victory.
Guest speakers will include Bill Jayne, superintendent of the Wilmington National Cemetery; historian David Stallman; and Krystal Davenport, who will discuss the WASP pilots of Camp Davis. Program components may change due to factors beyond control.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company will exhibit equipment and uniforms. The North Carolina Military Museum from the Fort Fisher Airport Recreation Center will set up displays on weaponry, uniforms and other wartime equipment.
The nonprofit Friends of Fort Fisher makes programming possible and is dedicated to enhancing the site. Sustaining members include Troy and Lori Barbour, Mike McCarley, Tammy and Jack Moore, Brian and Deedra Nunnally, and Jim and Catherine Taylor, Patrick O. McCullough, Forrest Goodman, Jr., Wilson Grab and Ivarlee and Thomas Mulligan. Program sponsors include New Hanover County and the town of Kure Beach.
Fort Fisher was the largest earthen fortification of the Confederacy and protected Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. The fort fell after two massive bombardments and with the loss of the vital shipping port the days of the Confederacy were numbered.
For additional information, please call (910) 458-5538 or visit online www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/. Fort Fisher Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach. Fort Fisher is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to improve our state’s quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.