WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden celebrated Army Heritage Month and commemorated the 78th anniversary of D-Day with a display of World War II vehicles at the Service’s Wiesbaden-Hainerberg Mall. army and air force exchange.
The vehicles traveled from Omaha Beach and Utah Beach to Hainerberg, which is 840 kilometers or approximately 522 miles. USAG Wiesbaden commemorated the 78th anniversary of D-Day as part of the annual Army Heritage Month during the month of June.
On June 5, USAG Wiesbaden displayed vintage World War II military vehicles, equipment, and weapons in memory of the accomplishments of the United States Army in the liberation of Europe. Supported by Friends of the American Military Vehicles Club, AAFES and Veterans of Foreign Wars, jeeps, historical equipment and weapons were displayed.
“Army Heritage Month activities are conducted to recognize diversity, promote cohesion, teamwork and esprit de corps within the Army. These activities promote a culture of equity and inclusion and enhance awareness and understanding of heritage. These activities should also foster understanding, teamwork, harmony and pride,” said Sgt. 1st Class Terence A. Davenport, Military Equal Opportunity Advisor. Davenport was responsible for the general organization of the day.
A Panzerfaust, MG-42 machine gun, bazooka, Thomson submachine gun, grease gun, grenade launchers and many other restored weapons were on display. However, the vehicles on display particularly attracted the 400 visitors. Among the vehicles was an original Dodge Weapon Carrier, built in 1942, which arrived in Normandy on D-Day in 1944 and eventually found its way to Hainerberg.
“Today is a real success. With this exhibit, we managed to bridge the gap between D-Day and the modern military. All of our visitors have become aware of why we are here. The children had a lot of fun. I would like to thank the groups who provided the weapons and vehicles as well as the soldiers who patiently explained the equipment to visitors,” Davenport said.