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Operation Celebration: 1940s enters final planning stage

Members of the Peabody Main Street Association are busy wrapping up the final plans for the third annual “Operation Celebration: 1940s,” slated for Memorial Day weekend in May.

“Central to the event is the fact that World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 1,000 a day,” said Main Street director Shane Marler. “We want to honor their service and remember Peabody the way it was when the young men went to Europe and the Pacific to fight.”

Events for the weekend include WWII re-enactors battling a group of German soldiers downtown, a farmers market selling Victory Garden produce, breakfast with Rosie the Riveter, and the state’s largest victory parade down Walnut St. featuring a biplane flyover.

“The flyover is the best,” said Marler. “It is a heart stopper!”

Lunch, a flag display, MASH unit, veteran’s reception, and a dinner and swing band concert are scheduled. There also will be exhibits to view that highlight life during the war years at home and in the trenches.

For more information go to www.peabodyks.com and click on the Operation Celebration poster. As more vendors and events are confirmed, the information will be added to the Web site.

Last modified April 29, 2010

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