Tickets are now on sale for The War Days: A 1944 Walking Tour of Downtown Ashland. The event will take place on Saturday, June 14.
Tours will run every hour, on the hour, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All tours will start and end at the Highlands Museum (1620 Winchester Ave.).
The tour is a joint effort by the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society, Highlands Museum, Ashland in Motion, and the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Over 30 local businesses are also participating in the event.
"It is so great to see the city come together to celebrate the history and heritage of our WWII Generation," said EKMHS President Matt Potter.
"With the tour, visitors will essentially be transported back in time 70 years to see Ashland not only in it's heyday, but also as a true homefront town providing services vital to war production," Potter said.
Ashland resident Don Huffman said the event will be a great opportunity to learn about all the ways Ashland contributed to the war effort.
"I remember well hearing the whistles at Armco noting shift changes. I also remember living next to the C&O Passenger Depot and seeing the trains full of American sons and fathers heading overseas on one track, while seeing trains full of German and Italian POW's on the next platform."
In addition to the downtown tour, a WWII Veterans Meet and Greet will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the museum and 1940s cars will line Winchester Avenue. Participating downtown businesses also plan to offer special sales and open houses.
At 6 that evening, the Capitol Theater will once again come to life for a screening of "The Longest Day."
Tickets for the walking tour are $10 per person with children 10 and under touring for free.
All other events are free and open to the public.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
The Highlands Museum
The Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Lamp Post Cafe
For more information about the tour, or to volunteer with the event, please call Matt Potter at (606) 547-2607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.