Ike Returns to Denison for a D-Day Commemorative Re-enactment

By: Abby Powell Email
By: Abby Powell Email

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Ike will return to Denison to commemorate his leadership in the successful D-Day invasion of WWII. The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site will host Bruce Hoff portraying General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces. The public is encouraged to join honored guests including WWII veterans of the 297th Combat Engineers.

In order to replicate the first visit of General Dwight D. Eisenhower to the birthplace in 1946, there will be a picnic lunch (hot dogs, chips, and drinks) served from 12-1 p.m., which will be hosted by American Bank of Texas, with General Eisenhower's presentation to follow. It will be free admission, and there will be a military vehicle display as well.

Bruce Hoff is an esteemed and highly regarded impersonator of General Eisenhower. He has given speeches at both Mount Rushmore and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Hoff will speak about World War II, the after effects, and D-Day. He will also have a Q & A portion at the end of the presentation where visitors are encouraged to ask relevant questions.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as the presentation will take place on the lawns of the Birthplace. This event is meant to honor the veterans of World War II, and provide everyone who attends a unique perspective of the events of D-Day and World War II.

June 6, 1944, a date that is commonly referred to as D-Day, was the day that the Allied Forces invaded Normandy during World War II. It was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air. This is a very important day in the lives of the men and women who were alive in time of the war, and it is also very important for those who were not alive during that time to have an understanding of the events that took place.

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site preserves the birthplace home of Dwight D. Eisenhower and interprets his life from his humble origins to his rise to international military and political leader. It is a Texas Historical Commission property, and the mission of the THC is to protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

The Birthplace is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 until 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for ages 6-18, students with ID, and adult tour groups. Ages 5 and under are free. The site is located at 609 S. Lamar Avenue in Denison, Texas. The phone number is 903-465-8908 and website is www.visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com.

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