It was the day on which more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, poised to fight back against Nazi Germany. And 75 years later, the brave efforts of those Allied troops on D-Day will be remembered at a weekend event in Peachtree City, featuring transport planes actually used in the invasion.
WWII Heritage Days will take over Peachtree City’s Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, continuing a tradition that began in 2003 and has grown into the largest annual WWII and 1940s-themed event in the state. Presented by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing — a local branch of the non-profit Commemorative Air Force, which uses military aircraft flights as an educational tool — the two-day event features a packed schedule of events including a swing dance and dinner, battle reenactments, historical presentations, parachute jumps, and flights in real WWII airplanes. This year, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the event will also include a display of three C-47 transport planes used during the historic invasion
Atlanta Regional Airport is located at 1200 Echo Court in Peachtree City. Admission to WWII days is free, but parking is $20 per vehicle and $5 per person in larger vehicles, like transport vans. Special on-site parking is available for WWII veterans, and those veterans may park for free.
With so much history to explore, the Good Day feature team couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a first look at this year’s big event. So, we spent the morning at Atlanta Regional Airport, exploring the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum and speaking to some of the men and women responsible for putting together this unforgettable weekend.