(Washington, DC and Chambersburg, PA) – Media and the public are invited as the “Band of Brothers” -- made famous in a book by Stephen Ambrose and a feature on HBO -- re-enacts its renowned pachuting in a set of memorial jumps in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Following a ceremony at noon, Thursday, August 15, Vietnam and other heroes of the 101st Airborne Division are set to jump again as they honor fellow E-Company infantry paratroopers (1st Battalion 506 parachute infantry) who will be there from World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the present.
As part of a reunion next week, the group goes to the Thursday event at the Chambersburg Skydiving Center, 3506 Airport Road, Chambersburg, PA, for a ceremony and the jumping events. A hangar will be provided for the activities.
A ceremony with speakers will be held at noon, and the memorial jumps will immediately follow at approximately 1 pm.
Among the missions will
be a reenactment jump in prior war uniforms by current Company members
and a dramatic and rarely performed “American Flag Jump”, where company
members together hold a large American flag in the air during the exercise.
Members of the group of all ages will be present to participate and welcome
Jump organizers are George Palmer, E Co (Recon), lst BN, ’68-69); Jim Nemeth, B Co, 3rd BN, 1970; and Duane Gregory, WWII Re-enactor.