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USO Show Tops FDR Library Memorial Day Events

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park. Photo Credit: Facebook

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- World War II entertainment and reenactment takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park.

There will be a USO Show at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 in the Henry A. Wallace Center. Patterned after the WWII-era shows performed to entertain American troops, this year's show will feature two hours of entertainment.

There will be live Big Band music from the 1930s and 40s, comedy and juggling, historic newsreels, and much more.

On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 the Roosevelt Library and The Duffle Bag of Patterson, NY, will present their 25th anniversary weekend of historic military displays and a World War II encampment on the library's front lawn.

Re-enactors in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of history.

Collections of military uniforms, weapons, and insignia from 1917 to the present day will be displayed.

Customized dog tags will be available for purchase, and period military vehicles -- including a fully restored German Army 1936 DKW NZ 250 motorcycle -- will be on display.

This year's encampment will also feature members of the 240th Military Police Battalion, a National Park Service and Roosevelt Library living history program.

On Saturday at 4 p.m., local historian Carney Rhinevault, author of "The History of Hyde Park on Hudson," will give an author talk and book signing in the Henry A. Wallace Center.

On Memorial Day, May 30, the National Park Service will host a graveside memorial service at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Park superintendent Sarah Olson will be the featured speaker.

Community organizations will present wreaths in honor of FDR, including American Legion Post #1303, American Legion Post #1466, Town Of Hyde Park, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association, The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the National Park Service.

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