Capt Pat

Active member
Steel Soldiers Supporter
Sandusky, Ohio
They're going to attempt again to hold the Annual Kelleys Island "NAVY DAYS" event on the Island the 19th and 20th of June 2021. There will be several attractions on the island, with the historic military vehicle military amphibious and watercraft part directed from the WEST BAY INN on the western side of the island. And all military vehicles are welcome, there is a parade planned on Saturday starting at NOON from the West Bay Inn and going down through the village and out to the local VFW before returning to the West Bay. There is primitive camping available at the West Bay. Any retired military watercraft and amphibious vehicles are also welcome. Eventually there are plans to organize an amphibious landing onto a beach on the island previously used for testing Navy LST's built on the Lakes before they were sent to saltwater. But have to gauge the interest first.
As previously planned, ALL historic military vehicles and the driver will be provided free round trip service onboard the Kelleys Island Ferries, all additional passengers on or in the vehicles will be required to pay the regular foot passenger rate only. There will be an ex-Navy LCM-8 at West Bay that will be available once a day for several hours for anyone wishing to have a picture of their vehicle "invading" the island. (a donation to the Island Emergency Services Program is suggested) There will be various things going on, black powder cannon demonstrations, even a converted sailboat turned 'pyrate ship' to defend against.
While there is no specific reenacting event scheduled with this weekends festivities, that doesn't mean those in uniforms are not welcome, and 'from little acorns giant oak trees grow' so there could be things such as that in future. This program is just getting started (again) due to covid, and even now, should it be "smallish" to start, THAT is not a bad thing. Join us for the fun an Island can be. Think about it, YOUR machine may be the first of its kind ever to visit the island. HISTORY in the making.


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