Our mission is to honor all WWII veterans through educating the public on the homefront and military contributions of the "Greatest Generation". WWII was the most influential period in our nation's recent history, and sweeping changes during that time effect all our lives today. The 1940's saw the beginning of social change and the dawn of the Civil Rights and Women's Movement. Never again would we take our freedoms for granted. Our nation pulled together to perform an amazing task that should never be forgotten or trivialized. Today, very little is taught in our school systems about this crucial period in our nation's history. Sadly, over 1,000 veterans are dying each day. When they are gone, all that will remain are their personal accounts and recorded history. Reenactors and Living Historians bring to life those accounts in a visual and tactile manner that books simply cannot provide. Children and adults alike are shown and taught about these great citizens and the trail blazers of WWII. Come and visit with us at an event, and witness for yourself history come to life!
Note- WWII Reenacting is a hobby, and no political agenda is expressed or implied. While we have fun with our hobby, we do not have an "act" or "put on a show". We seek to present a respectful image of our military and it's veterans at all times, and pride ourselves in our knowledge of period military regulations and decorum. We are amateur historians who seek to exchange knowledge of the WWII period we have gained through personal veterans accounts and historical data. Both Allied and Axis personas are depicted as regular soldiers with no political or racist ideals, and any otherwise is not permitted at our events.
This website is dedicated to the Allied Tennessee WWII reenactors.
Authenticity and attention to detail are of utmost importance to WWII reenactors. Each uniform and uniform accessory is researched for authenticity, and when available, original items are used. Reproductions are made with a keen eye for detail and appropriateness, so when you see us, you are actually viewing the past just as it was in WWII. We do not wear "costumes".
Many reenactors in Tennessee participate through established groups, and others participate individually. We are volunteers and are not paid for our participation at events, but welcome group sponsorship in the form of venue, publicity and promotion. Currently, there are no established women's reenacting groups in the area, and many women reenactors work with men's groups. If you are interested in becoming a WWII reenactor or living historian, please check out the Links page. We are always seeking new "recruits". All that is required is your time, and a sincere desire to learn and share with others.
A NOTE TO THE TRAVELING PUBLIC AND VETERANS
THERE ARE MAJOR WWII REENACTMENTS AND AIRSHOWS ALL ACROSS THE U.S. IF YOU ARE TRAVELING AND INTERESTED IN ATTENDING AN EVENT, CHECK WITH LOCAL MUSEUMS AND/OR TRAVEL BUREAUS.
REENACTORS IN TENNESSEE TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE STATE TO ATTEND LARGE SCALE EVENTS. SADLY, THERE ARE NO LOCAL VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS, FOUNDATIONS OR MUSEUMS WITH THE MANPOWER OR FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LARGER EVENTS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FUNDING A LARGE WWII EVENT OR FORMING A FOUNDATION, MUSEUM, OR FUNDRAISING, PLEASE EMAIL THE WEBMASTER!!!
"Freedom Flys in Your Heart" by Audie Murphy
Like an Eagle, dusty old helmet, rusty old gun,
They sit in the corner and wait-
Two souvenirs of the Second World War
That have withstood the time, and the hate.
Mute witness to a time of much trouble
Where kill or be killed was the law.
Were these implements used with high honor?
What was the glory they saw?
Many times I've wanted to ask them-
and now that we're here all alone,
Relics all three of a long ago war-
Where has freedom gone?
Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle.
Let it soar with the winds high above
Among the spirits of the soldiers now sleeping,
Guard it with care and with love.
I salute my old friends in the corner,
I agree with all they have said-
and if the moment of truth comes tomorrow,
I'll be Free, or by God, I'll be dead!