Since the inception of Armed Forces Day on May 20, 1950, we’ve celebrated the men and women who serve the in United States military and showcase America’s fighting spirit. At the U.S. Army Heritage and EducationCenter (USAHEC) in Carlisle, this is a celebration that the community can join. As we honor the military every third Saturday in May for Armed Forces Day, USAHEC presents its annual weekend-long festival, Army Heritage Days.


Army Heritage Days is a two-day, outdoor/indoor living history event with hundreds of re-enactors from different time periods, military equipment displays, weapons demonstrations, and the return of the parachute jump team. The All Veteran Group Parachute Team and the 508thParachute Infantry Regiment will make their jump on Saturday at 10 a.m.

New for Army Heritage Days and for USAHEC is the National Treasures Exhibit, which opens Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m. This new exhibit includes the property receipt for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, General Omar N. Bradley’s D-Day invasion map, and more very unique and historic items.


Army Heritage Days begins at 9 a.m. on both Saturday (May 16) and Sunday (May 17) and wraps-up at 5 p.m. each day. Other activities during the weekend include a Civil War Artillery Demonstration (Saturday at 11m). the West Point Alumni Glee Club (Saturday at 11:45 a.m.), Weapons of WWII (Saturday at 4pm), and a 19th Century baseball game (Sunday at 3 p.m.). As always, the Interactive Soldier Experience will also be open inside.