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Saluting Veterans with Re-enactment

By Megan Esau

July 19, 2015 - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 attendee Chip Buerger can be found camping out in the World War II re-enactment campsite with the Warbirds Living History Group.

“I call this the canvas Hilton,” Chip said of the tent propped up behind him. “This is our home for the week here in Tent City.”

Chip has been involved in re-enacting for 12 years, but his first year getting involved in EAA AirVenture’s Warbirds encampment was 2009, and he’s been coming ever since.

His group helps educate the public and gives them a visual taste of what WWII camps may have been like with equipment, gear, and different artifacts.

Most importantly, Chip said, is that WWII re-enacting is a salute to veterans, which was partly what influenced him to get involved.

“I’ve always been fascinated by history–20th century history, World War II history– since I was a kid,” he said. “I was interested in warbirds and building models, and I have an uncle who lives up in Canada who was part of a Lancaster. So everything I do in (Warbirds Living History Group), I do in honor of him.”

While Chip said he is most excited to see a Mosquito up close and personal for the first time, he is also looking forward to seeing the Lancaster during AirVenture 2015.

“I haven’t seen that thing since 2006, so it’ll be good to see that one and take some pictures inside where my uncle would have sat at his station in the plane,” Chip said.

Chip said he encourages other attendees to attend the Battle of Britain movie showing at the Fly-In Theater tomorrow and to stop by the warbirds re-enactment camp Thursday night for a musical performance

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