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CONTACT: Richard Julian, Cape Henlopen State Park, 302-645-6852; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, 

Delaware Goes to War at Cape Henlopen State Park

LEWES (April 23, 2013)  – On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Cape Henlopen State Park will be hosting the annual Delaware Goes to War Re-Enactment at the Fort Miles Historic Area.

This event includes approximately 100 re-enactors representing both American and German soldiers. They will be costumed in World War II uniforms and gear and will display historic vehicles, artillery firing, the operation of a World War II searchlight and a re-enactment of the German submarine surrender at Fort Miles in 1945.

Guests will also speak on topics including the Civil Air Patrol, the Navy at Cape Henlopen, the home front and more. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Battery 519 will be open with volunteers on hand to provide information. Entrance is $3 per person. Park entrance fees are in effect. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, so visitors can spend the day.

During World War II, the Delaware River was a chief priority for defense planners because of the access it afforded to the giant trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. Fort Miles, located in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park, was a key piece in the nation's coastal defense at that time. Fort Miles was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

More information is available at or by calling (302) 644-5007

Vol. 43, No.166

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