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Cordell Hull Birthplace and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Parks Host World War II Junior Ranger Camp

Tennessee State ParksTennessee – Following the recent World War I camp, Cordell Hull Birthplace and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Parks are once again co-hosting a special history camp — this time depicting the importance of World War II. The Junior Ranger World War II Day is slated for Friday, July 15th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Cordell Hull Birthplace.  There is no charge for the event and parents are encouraged to join in the fun.
 
Designed for children ages six to 14, the program will engage young students on the history of World War II — discussing the war as a whole, key people and events. Participants will learn first hand about Victory Gardens, play unique games and get an opportunity to see original artifacts — including weaponry and machines, with a special surprise planned at the end of the day. 


Each participant also will receive a free child’s booklet on the Second World War, featuring activity sheets, timelines, photos, basic facts and more.
 
Reservations can be made by calling Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park at 931-864-3247 or e-mail at .  Participants are reminded that most events will be held outdoors, so they should dress appropriately — wearing clothing that can get wet. Special snacks will be provided. 

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum is a historic site near Byrdstown, north of Cookeville. The 45-acre site includes a representation of Hull’s log cabin birthplace, an activities center and a museum housing documents and artifacts, including Hull’s Nobel Peace Prize. The park also features the beautiful Bunkum Cave Trail, leading to an overlook and the entrance of historic Bunkum Cave. Additional information about the park can be found at www.tnstateparks.com/CordellHull.  

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park

Located in Pall Mall, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park honors the backwoods marksman from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. York’s fame rose from his legendary exploits on October 8th, 1918, in the Argonne Forest in France. Leading a small patrol, York was sent to eliminate the flanking machine gun fire halting the advance of his regiment. York found himself alone opposing a German machine gun unit — with rifle and pistol he engaged the enemy. The fight ended with more than 20 Germans dead. Another 132 enemy soldiers, including four officers and 35 machine guns, became discouraged and surrendered to York and six of his comrades. For that, he was decorated with a dozen medals, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre.

For more information about the event or the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation, please visit www.sgtyork.org or call 931-879-3657. For information about the park, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/SgtYork or call 931-879-6456.

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