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PHOTO CAPTION:  WAIKIKI, Hawaii " Civil War re-enactors are among the highlights of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii's annual Living History Day, on the lawn of Fort DeRussy, May 18, 2013.

May 13, 2013
By Mike Egami
U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii

HONOLULU -- The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii and Hawaii Army Museum Society at Fort DeRussy is honoring the men and women of our nation's armed forces with its Annual Living History Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 18, 2013.

Presented each year on the museum's front lawn, Living History Day is a free community event at historic Battery Randolph where Army history comes alive.

"We invite the public to relive military history, chat with the dedicated members of Hawaii's preservation and historic associations, reminisce or simply enjoy the memorabilia on display," said Judith Bowman, director, U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. "It is a unique way to honor our military on Armed Forces Day."

Interactive exhibits of modern military Soldiers and equipment, military memorabilia, restored military vehicles, re-enactors in period uniforms from the Civil War and Spanish-American War to Vietnam, and hands-on displays of military artifacts will be featured.

Attendees are invited to get behind the wheel of an Army HMMVV, mounted with a machine gun or grenade launcher; learn about K9 tactical dogs; or sit back and enjoy classic war films in the Corps of Engineers Regional Visitors Center theater.

The museum is located on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel and the Fort DeRussy Recreation Center. Discounted parking is available across the street with museum validation.

For more information, contact the museum staff at 808-438-2819.