The fourth annual tribute to World War II and Korean War veterans runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the Spencer Defty Ranch West of Woodland, at 32500 State Highway 16.
This event, which was moved from its typical June date because of heavy rains, features many outdoor exhibits, including WWII era static displays of classic automobiles, military vehicles and weapons. There will also be WWII aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, a B-24 Liberator, the twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber, the P-51 Mustang fighter, and possibly the Lockheed P-38 Lightning twin-engine fighter aircraft.
In addition, WWII veterans have the opportunity to handle and shoot the war’s infantry .30 caliber rifle, the M1 Garand as well as the M1 carbine, on the Defty shooting range.
The event is free for WWII and Korea veterans, plus one guest. For non-WWII and Korea vets, the fee is $50 for the full day’s events, which includes a barbecue in a covered “mess hall,” reminiscent of WWII eating facilities, served by the staff of the Diamond D Engineering Co. and volunteers.
The WWII and Korean veterans tribute is put together by Spencer Defty and his Diamond D General Engineering, with donations from local friends, and nonprofit organizations: Patriots for Veterans Inc., and The Yolo County Marine Corps League.