Reenactments of epic battles like Custer’s Last Stand instill audiences with a sense of patriotic excitement in ways that reenactments of Custer’s Last Taco Run just can’t seem to muster. Catch an eyeful of awe-inspiring heroism with today's GrouponLive deal: for $7, you get two tickets to the "Pacific Combat Living History" battle reenactment at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg (up to a $15 value). Reenactments take place at the Pacific Combat Zone, located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on Austin Street. Gates open 30 minutes prior to each show. Choose from the following dates and program times:
- Saturday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, October 1 at 1 p.m.
- Saturday, October 1 at 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m.
- Sunday, October 2 at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, October 2 at 3:30 p.m.
The strategies that painted stars and stripes over the Pacific Ocean in the 1940s come to life in front of modern audiences at “Pacific Combat Living History”, a series of faithful reenactments that salute some of the bravest soldiers in our country’s history. Trained actors dressed in authentic American and Japanese uniforms deploy a fleet of landing craft and tanks in their mission to recreate the decisive battle of Tarawa. As explosive charges detonate around them, Marines burn down the tropical brush with flamethrowers in a heroic effort to eclipse the Rising Sun with Uncle Sam’s 10-gallon top hat. In 90 harrowing minutes, reenactors demonstrate the tactics and weapons Marines used to capture fortified positions on Tarawa. These same tactics also proved effective on other islands such as Peleliu, Saipan, and Iwo Jima, paving the way for Bruce Springsteen to step out of his time machine and secure an American victory with the power of rock.
Open and shaded seating is provided at this outdoor program, which promises to be hot even before the flamethrowers kick into gear. Though ear plugs are provided, the program is not recommended for young children due to its violence and loud noises.