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NEW WWII Final Push to Victory
May 16th 10AM-10PM

The year is 1945, the war has gone on for what seems to be an eternity. So many lives have been lost and so much blood has been shed. The world has experienced one of the most horrible wars in history. On Saturday, May 16, the Ozaukee County Pioneer Village located at 4880 Highway I, Saukville, will be transformed into a small European village with encampments of American, British, German and Russian soldiers from World War II. The 1st Allied Airborne Living History Re-enactors from around the Midwest will commemorate the 70th anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe) at the "Final Push to Victory," an event presented by the Ozaukee County Historical Society.

The event, which starts at 10 a.m., will include demonstrations, displays, vehicles and camp activities all day. Photographs of WWII veterans from Ozaukee County will be displayed on the Honor Wall in the Pioneer Village Hall. Battles will take place in the valley at 11 a.m. and in the village at 2:30 p.m., with a surrender ceremony to follow. Taps will be sounded and the soldiers will line up for Mess Call. There will be a huge celebration USO dance in the evening, featuring Swing Nouveau, a 15-piece swing band who will play all the wartime classics.

A Victory Garden, with plants furnished by Groth Country Gardens, will be planted to demonstrate the initiative of citizens on the homefront to reduce pressure on the public food supply. Also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, these included vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany during World War I and World War II. They were used along with rationing stamps and cards. They were also considered a civil "morale booster," in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown.

Local businesses have shown their support of “Final Push to Victory” by providing a wide variety of silent auction items that will be available for bid throughout the day. Some of the prizes are from: Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee Brewers, Cedar Creek Winery, Gathering on the Green, Cedar Valley Cheese, Fantasy Flowers, East Towne Veterinary, Glaze, Atlas BBQ, Collectivo Coffee, Galioto's Twelve21, Grapes & Tastes, News Graphic, Java House, Starbucks Mequon, Armbruster Jewelers, Luxembourg American Cultural Society, Joie on Main, the Chocolate Chisel and more. Bid High, Bid Often, Over Bid.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students/Seniors, $5 veterans/children 13 and up, and free to WWII Veterans and children 12 and under. Admission gives access to tours of the village, the encampment and the dance. Wristbands will be available for those who come early and want to return for the dance.
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Introducing the New Pioneer Village Hall

The increased number of visitors to the Village each year has resulted in the demand for some modern improvements, such as air conditioning, heating and restrooms that are ADA compliant.  Our plans include improved food service facilities to better serve our own events as well as our future goals. There is a need to have audio-visual teaching aides for meetings and programs that can accommodate 150-200 people in all kinds of weather.
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The Ozaukee County Historical Society appreciates all the dedication and work that was accomplished by the volunteers at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, Stony Hill School, and the Hazel Wirth Research Center in the past and present. Although most of the volunteers for OCHS are Ozaukee County residents, people from Washington, Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties also volunteer. OCHS looks forward to working with all volunteers as they help to preserve the history of Ozaukee County and make it available to present and future generations. Thank you for your service!
Nina Look is the Archivist for the Oz. Co. Historical Society.  The Archives is located at N57 W6406 Center Street, Cedarburg, and is open on Tuesdays from 9-3, 2nd & 4th Mondays from 5-8 p.m. 2nd Saturday of month from 9-11 a.m. or by appointment.
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