Museum to host birthday bash for America’s Tropic Lightning Division
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Tropic Lightning Museum is gearing up to conduct an annual “Living History Day,” here, Saturday, Oct. 13, to commemorate the 25th Infantry Division’s Organization Day.
Since its formation on Oct. 1, 1941, the “Tropic Lightning” Division has been “Ready to Strike, Anywhere, Anytime.”
In celebration of the division’s longstanding history in the islands, the museum welcomes the Hawaii Army community and general public to a day full of free, engaging activities.
Re-enactors dressed in uniforms from the Civil War to the Vietnam War will be roaming the museum grounds, while displays of restored military vehicles from World War II and beyond will be on hand to enjoy.
Hawaii’s own “The Bluegrass Barnstormers” will entertain crowds with a Civil War version of “Soldiers Joy,” and other traditional bluegrass songs, and Hawaii Jitterbugs’s Lindy Hop and Swing dancers will perform while dressed in vintage garb.
Other highlights of the day include an opening ceremony by the Farrington High School JROTC color guard, an antique firearms display by the Single Action Shooting Society, a Hawaii Civil War Round Table discussion, a K-9 working dogs demonstration, children’s activities and memorabilia from historical preservation organizations, including the Hawaii Historic Arms Association, the Schofield Rod and Gun Club, Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and the Hawaiian Railway Society.
Lunch will be provided on the lawn of the museum under the historic monkey pod trees, with donations benefiting Headquarters and Headquaters Battalion, 25th ID.
The Tropic Lightning Museum Living History Day is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 13, on the lawn of the historic museum, located at Bldg. 361, Waianae Ave., Schofield Barracks.
Admission is free; however, donations to support the 25th Infantry Division and museum are welcome.
For more details, call (808) 655-0438 or visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/tlm/index.html.