We had a wonderful time over the 4th of July weekend!
When we first arrived in Meltham, we noticed that there were signs every where for War Days being celebrated July 2-3. Being Independence Day weekend for the US, it made me giggle a bit when I asked Jon, “Do you think they are celebrating the same war we are that weekend?”
As it turns out, every year in Meltham, there is a WWII remembrance called War Days. It was a great time! Everything was themed 1940s and lots of people dressed up. Our friends, the Haslams, came over to see the festival with us. There was a parade, featuring a brass band, a Scottish bagpipe band, WWII reenactors, and many veterans from past wars. It rained most of the morning, so it was wonderful that the rain stopped just in time for the parade to start!
There was a display in town of many different military vehicles from the WWII era. It was interesting to see and the kids enjoyed being able to explore the equipment and climb into the tanks and trucks.
The primary school had a display of more vehicles, different sale stands, several stands for groups that help veterans, a tent with period music and dancing going on, and, of course, a face painting stand! All the kids participated in it, although Hazel and Alex were not big fans of the airbrush painting.
It was amazing to experience the patriotism here in another country. It is cool to see that life in Britain during the WWII era was very similar to what was perceived to be in the US at that time. The clothes were similar, the music the same, etc. And it is nice to see the way they not only embrace their troops, but those of their allies as well.