I'm not a reenactor but want to
How do I get involved?
If you've ever witnessed our dramatic recreation of D-Day,
1944, you know first-hand that this is no small task. This
year long effort takes a lot of time, dedication, and of
course funding to organize, promote and recreate the
elements of a Normandy style invasion.
D-Day Conneaut needs you! Help us honor our vets and
bringing back to life this historic day. There are numerous
ways to help without donning a uniform.
Nothing stronger than the heart of a
Consider volunteering for our event staff and help us on the
day(s) of the event. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
Event coordinators can always use assistance in setting up
special seating areas, site preparation, public parking
assistance, display preparation, crowd direction/control,
and maintaining the grounds.
Help us preserve our history. There's never a shortage of
things to do and any/all help is greatly appreciated.
The website to register your group is http://ddayvolunteers.com It has a ton of information on the site, forms, schedules, etc.
We need each GROUP LEADER to register their group, and then have each individual from the group go online and register as well (this is for individual waivers). Having the group leader register their unit will help us be able to keep track of units better than each individual typing in their group name.
The CAP put together a cell phone app -- a free service they have utilized at other events. If you choose to download it, you will have contact information, schedule, procedures, maps, etc right on your phone. The app can be downloaded at:
If you are local or planning on attending the event and
would be interested in volunteering, please contact
for more information. D-Day Conneaut needs you!
Monetary contributions are always welcome.
Donations of all sizes are appreciated and are used to
further enhance the educational experience of D-Day
Conneaut. All donations are tax deductible. Upon request, we'll even
provide a formal letter indicating the amount of your
contribution. Online donations can also be sent securely via Paypal.
(click here) If you're interested in making a
sizable donation, please contact our
CEO and/or visit our
sponsorship page for other
In-Kind Donations of Goods
Donations of a variety of goods can be just as good as cash!
Beverages, especially bottled or bulk water, snacks, paper
goods, computer supplies, sandbags, plus plywood and poles
for bunkers and beach obstacles are needed each year and
very much appreciated. If you or your company are interested
in providing an in-kind donation, please email
Eric for more information.
Decorating the Beach
Be a part of the
invasion without getting your feet wet. Build a hedgehog beach obstacle. The cost of building
materials is tax deductible. Your donation will be stored for use year after year.
Click here to view easy-to-follow plans for these
iconic obstacles which look like the children's toy "jack". Turn that extra
lumber lying around into something special for the event that honors the turning
point of the 20th century, D-Day!
If power tools aren't for you, consider helping us place all these obstacles on the beach! The allied troops will
certainly appreciate the cover...
Build a Rupert Paratrooper Dummy
During the night/early hours of June 6, 1944, Allied aircraft dropped 500 of these paradummies over 4
different locations to simulate paratroopers landing in areas away from where the actual troops were to land. Some of the dummies were
equipped with recordings of battle noises, while others simulated rifle fire. The dummies were called "Ruperts" and were made of cut burlap and filled with straw or sand to form
the shape of a person. Each Rupert was equipped with a small explosive charge designed to burn up the burlap
after landing to make it harder for the Germans to figure out what was going on.
Now you can contribute to the deception and build your own Rupert. Click the following links to view and
download a set of patterns to make your own Rupert. Donated Ruperts will be used/displayed during the event.
Pattern 1Pattern 2
(Note: 1 square = 1 Inch)
Become an Event Sponsor
Since 2007, when D-Day Ohio, Inc. incorporated, individuals and companies have "backed the attack" by generously making
tax deductible donations. Become a sponsor today. Sponsorship is easier than ever. Please
visit our Sponsorship page for complete information.