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|Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:19 pm Post subject: WAXAHACHIE TEXAS VETERAN'S WEEKEND NOV 6th & 7th 2009
|World War II Living history event, This coming weekend, November 6th & 7th 2009 in Historic Downtown Waxahachie, Texas
Everything is in place for another outstanding event.
Plenty of vehicles, lots of living history folks, plenty of German's and Yanks, (not to mention Brits, French & maybe a Russian or two) and several surprises.
Black market is bigger and better than last year and the addition of the Texas Theater and the USO shows Saturday night will help close out this years event in stellar fashion.
Let's not forget the Chow line, vehicle convoys, Saturday afternoon battle and most important, the Veteran Ceremony Saturday morning.
The City and multiple businesses are involved this year so it looks to be an exciting, action packed weekend.
Gen Patton's staff is praying for excellent weather and it looks as though today’s weather should hold out another 7-10 days.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Waxahachie this year!
Just back from a quick reconnoiter of both the Allied and German Camps.
What with the rain over the last month, both Camps look lush & green.
Allied Camp behind the Boyce Feed Store is sure to be a hit.
The good folks at The Feed Store resod the entire back lot with Bermuda. It looks like a brand new football field before a big town rival homecoming and feels like a soft down-filled mattress. No doubt they'll be some heavy snoring this year!
Plenty of vehicle parking on the adjacent parking lot - it too has been resurfaced.
By Friday afternoon portable facilities will be in place.
Only request from The Feed Store and the Provost concurs is NO FIRES.
The usual City, Ellis County and State rules apply.
This is one of the nicest camp sites I've seen at any event in a long time.
MPs will be in and out of the Camps, (yep - we've got a few Kraut Cops this year) to make sure you troops don't get too out of hand...
Ginger Mulkey, the Manager of The Feed Store would be happy if any of the Allied or German troops who are camping out visit the store during the weekend for some good photo Ops.
Their front porch is also an excellent place to watch the battle.
Both Camps will open Friday afternoon for volunteers and shut down Sunday morning.
Camp visits, (i.e. spectators) will begin noon Saturday and end just before the battle.
Please keep a clean camp and leave it better than you found it.
The Flickr photo group will again be attending this event this year from Friday through Saturday evening.
If you haven't seen their work, check out Flickr.com and search Waxahachie & ww2 weekend.
This year they've gone above and beyond by finding uniforms and several will be embedded Photo journalist with American & Germans units.
Frank Polgar (call sign "flat6") will be leading this squad and a special site has been set up for reviewing as well as posting pix at:
Check it out - if any other units would like an embedded photographer, please contact PattonsAide@yahoo.com and we'll put you in contact with Frank's group.
THE BLACK MARKET
The Black market will be bigger and better this year!
Located along Franklin Street between College & Jackson with overflow in the Ellis Country Parking lot directly behind Backroom Toggs parking lot, (Check in tent)and between College & Rogers, (ask an MP - they'll show vendors where they can set up).
Within one block of Town Square!
All kinds of vendors will be present - Quartermasters, (Military uniforms both reproduction and originals), authors, artists, various reenacting units, etc.
Black market will be up and running Saturday 11am until 5pm, (or when the MPs chase you out).
This is a quickly growing activity that local vendors and businesses have taken a real liking too.
Drop by early, often and find that something you need to have.
THE CHOW LINE
Chow line for the troops, (Living History volunteers) and antique military vehicle owners will again take place this year on Saturday from Noon until ?
A huge THANK YOU goes to the good folks at:
College Street Pub
The Dove's Nest
2 Amigos Taquarias
2 Sisters Cafe
As well as Parks & Rec for the tables
Food will be served at approximately 1200pm or when it's setup/ready and sufficient troops have arrived from the Camps & the convoy from the Veteran's Ceremony.
Still need a few volunteers to help setup/sling hash, (two lovely ladies from the College Street have agreed to assist again this year). If you're not afraid of putting on an apron and slinging hash, please contact PattonsAide@yahoo.com ASAP, or show up/volunteer that morning at the check in tent.
Chow line will be located along Franklin street adjacent to the Check in tent. Who knows - we may even get Gen. Patton to work the line!...
The American and German Mess Hall Menus at the Chisholm Grill have been posted to their website http://www.chisholmgrill.com
The events schedule for this year can be found in the files section of this group.
As always, schedule events are tentative but can generally be relied upon give or take 30-60min.
Feel free to participate in as many events as you'd like - additional postings concerning various "points of interest" will be going out over the next several days so stay tuned.
When in doubt - don't forget to ask you friendly MP about upcoming events - each will have a schedule events card and will be happy to tell you where to go...
MP i.e. Military Police
Both Allied and German MPs will be actively participating at this years event from Friday through Saturday evening.
We'll have gents from both the 45th Div and the Big Red One to assist antique military vehicle owners, Living History volunteers and Black market vendors as well as providing crowd control during the Saturday afternoon battle.
Red Caps will be present, (and HQ'd in the Texas Theater lobby so don't talk during the movies or USO shows!) as well as German MPs, (they'll be keeping the German Camp in ordnug, providing traffic control in the "German" sector of town, checking papers, hanging out at the feed store and eating plenty of knockwurst).
MPs will be located at various intersection, will assist convoys, antique military vehicles and antique car parking as well as checking on the Allied camp and Black market from time to time.
Each will have a schedule of events list so feel free to inquire where/when the next event may be taking place and I'm sure they'll be happy to tell you where to go.
MP HQ will be located at the check in tent starting Saturday morning at 11am.
Please be respectful of these folks - they've volunteered to assist with this event and will be working the event/on their feet the entire day.
The Provost Marshal will be putting out Safety and Event Rules over the next 24-48hrs so stay tuned.
Bottom line - we're guest of the City of Waxahachie so behave in that manner. Obey all City, County, State and Federal laws. Let's leave Waxahachie a little bit better than when we arrived.
All working MPS please check in with Tom Legler, Provost Marshal when you arrive. Anyone interested in being an MP or assisting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently we have 3-4 volunteers for weapons safety inspections - please check in with either PattonsAide or the Provost Marshal when you get to Waxahachie. We could use another 3-4 weapons safety inspectors - if you’re good with a weapon and available for 30-60min please volunteer.
THE BATTLE PLAN
The Operational Plan for this years Saturday "Battle of the Bridge/Railroad Station Ruckus" can be found in the files section of the yahoo group.
The battle will take place Saturday at approximately 1500hrs, (or when Gen. Patton is done with his after lunch nap) along College St. and Rogers St., into the train station and should the Allies prevail,(they will - Waxahachie City Ordinance) up to the foot of the bridge.
Robert Norment, (of the famed 13th DBLE French Foreign Legion) is the overall battle coordinator and will hold a meeting at the train station for all participants immediately before the battle to review safety rules, make any last minute changes, etc.
Any units along with military vehicle owners wishing to participate, please contact Robert at you soonest convenience as well as indicate your desire to participate when you first check in at Waxahachie.
Those shooting blank weapons, (no live weapons) will have to have a safety check tag and will be inspected upon arrival as well as immediately before the battle by their unit commander.
Crowd control will be provided by the Waxahachie Police Department and our hardworking MPs, (last 2 years crowds were estimated at 8000-10000 spectators).
Please contact Robert as soon as possible if you'd like to participate.
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