The Grand Encampment

The Grand Encampment Experience Yesterday Today! Shake hands with the past, meet a-listers from many time periods at our

The Grand Encampment - A Living History & Military Festival Timeline event. The 1st Annual Grand Encampment is set to take place on June 4th thru June 5th, 2022 at Flabab Airport at 4130 Mennes Ave, Riverside, CA 92509. If you love history, living history reenactments, vintage aircraft and military vehicles and more, then this is the event for you! We plan on having a fantastic lineup of exciting

things to do and see with many different living history groups from many different time periods with their period encampments, demonstrations, battle reenactments of all eras, displays from area museums & historical societies, vintage vehicles & aircraft, lots of retail vendors as well as a wide assortment of food trucks & food vendors with lots of food choices to choose from. June 4th & 5th, 2022, will have battle reenactments & demonstrations, encampments, period tradespeople, merchants, period music & dancing. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work hard to put this event on and we hope to see you all there this year! Please keep checking this site for more updates as we get closer to our event dates!

Good Morning!  We're about 4 months out for the event and alot of things are happening behind the scenes which will make...
07/03/2023

Good Morning! We're about 4 months out for the event and alot of things are happening behind the scenes which will make this just an amazing event for the Veterans, the Public and for the reenactor participants. I will say that there are extensive building projects underway at the airport, including the beginning of the new 20th Century Military History Alive corner located where the trenches are.

This event will emphasize Veterans and American History, their allies and rivals. In consideration of this focus and the amount of available space because of the new hangar projects, we are only accommodating Rev War through today; we are not calling for groups older that 1776. And I don't know the placement of these groups with the exception of Ms. Hixon's and Miss Phyllis's Western group who will occupy the same shady grove area as last year.

Setup can begin the afternoon of Wednesday and pack out in the late morning of Sunday-the event is one day on Saturday, 11 November 2023.

Planning for programing has started-if you have an idea, please jump on the chat and let us know.

06/03/2023
David Scott Michaels Jaxson Brashier Robert Broski and Steve Clugston, today, Presidents' Day at the
02/21/2023

David Scott Michaels Jaxson Brashier Robert Broski and Steve Clugston, today, Presidents' Day at the

Couple of supreme commanders and supreme 82nd
11/18/2022

Couple of supreme commanders and supreme 82nd

..not on Face the Nation but on the grounds of Flabob, Veterans Day 2022
11/16/2022

..not on Face the Nation but on the grounds of Flabob, Veterans Day 2022

Our Vietnam displays from Veterans Day 2022
11/16/2022

Our Vietnam displays from Veterans Day 2022

Very proud of the men from HUSC-Historical Unit of Southern California for their tribute to the Veterans through their r...
11/15/2022

Very proud of the men from HUSC-Historical Unit of Southern California for their tribute to the Veterans through their reenacemt of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima

You will see these guys-The Historical Unit of Southern California (HUSC) at The Grand Encampment 2023 on 11 March 2023....
10/29/2022

You will see these guys-The Historical Unit of Southern California (HUSC) at The Grand Encampment 2023 on 11 March 2023...and we have trenches too!

The trailer for our upcoming docudrama about life in the trenches! See life in the trenches from the points of view of New Zealand Officer Ormond Burton and ...

10/18/2022
Photo Courtesy of John PowersFour presidents!  Spanning over 170 years!  Their lives covering three different centuries!...
08/16/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
Four presidents! Spanning over 170 years! Their lives covering three different centuries! You got to love re-enactments!

Starting tomorrow I’ll be sharing my photos from this year’s RenFaire.

This is the last from my three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

Photo Courtesy of John PowersWhile walking to the encampments, I came across a gentleman in a wheelchair. Who could it b...
08/16/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
While walking to the encampments, I came across a gentleman in a wheelchair. Who could it be but the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

⚠️SPOILER WARNING:  The lovely Katja Germain will be singing the National Anthem at  the Veterans Day event at Flabob Ai...
08/16/2022

⚠️SPOILER WARNING: The lovely Katja Germain will be singing the National Anthem at the Veterans Day event at Flabob Airport Saturday, 12 November 2022!!

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
In the World War II encampment I ran into the quintessential G.I. Jane, a charming young lady.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

Photo Courtesy of John PowersCaught the moment this young WAC was coming out of one of the tents, getting ready to work ...
08/16/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
Caught the moment this young WAC was coming out of one of the tents, getting ready to work under a hot sun.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

Photo Courtesy of John PowersHere is an elaborate uniform from the Revolutionary War, smartly worn by one of the more ub...
08/16/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
Here is an elaborate uniform from the Revolutionary War, smartly worn by one of the more ubiquitous re-enactors I photograph.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.


Photo Courtesy of John PowersRepresenting the English in the Boer War, this gentleman stands tall yet relaxed in the Gra...
08/16/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
Representing the English in the Boer War, this gentleman stands tall yet relaxed in the Grand Encampment.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.


Photo Courtesy of John PowersComing up on the final postings in this series; just two more postings after this one.  Thi...
08/16/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
Coming up on the final postings in this series; just two more postings after this one.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.


Photo Courtesy of John Powers.For me, this simple headshot captures the iconic image of the GI during World War II. This...
08/08/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers.
For me, this simple headshot captures the iconic image of the GI during World War II.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

Photo Courtesy of John PowersRe-enacting a moment in the World War II encampment, there’s hope in the eyes of this lieut...
08/08/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
Re-enacting a moment in the World War II encampment, there’s hope in the eyes of this lieutenant. Or maybe she’s just enjoying watching the air show at the Grand Encampment.

This is a three-week series of photos I took in June at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.


Socal_wacs
08/07/2022

Socal_wacs

Photo Courtesy of John PowersFrom the World War I encampment, I came across this Prussian soldier on a break. This is a ...
08/07/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers
From the World War I encampment, I came across this Prussian soldier on a break.

This is a three-week series of photos I took last month at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

African-Americans in Aviation Traveling exhibit
08/06/2022

African-Americans in Aviation Traveling exhibit

Photo Courtesy of Matt CarilloDoc Siegel sits back and relaxes after hu***ng in the bush all morning.                   ...
08/05/2022

Photo Courtesy of Matt Carillo

Doc Siegel sits back and relaxes after hu***ng in the bush all morning.

Photo Courtesy of John PowersIn the WW II encampment I came across this Army captain, airborne qualified. It’s as if he ...
08/05/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers

In the WW II encampment I came across this Army captain, airborne qualified. It’s as if he just jumped into Normandy.

This is a three-week series of photos I took last month at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

HEROES IN HISTORY🇺🇲 WW II uncovered 101st Airborne: Sergeant Donald Malarkey: Easy Company♠️
08/03/2022

HEROES IN HISTORY
🇺🇲 WW II uncovered 101st Airborne: Sergeant Donald Malarkey: Easy Company♠️

🇺🇲 WW II uncovered 101st Airborne: Sergeant Donald Malarkey: Easy Company♠️

Technical Sergeant Don Malarkey, of Astoria Oregon, was a NCO with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army.

In 1942, while a freshman at the University of Oregon, Malarkey was drafted into the Army, where he volunteered to become a paratrooper. During the early morning hours on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Malarkey parachuted behind enemy lines in support of the Allied Invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery in destroying German artillery in the Battle of Brecourt Manor later that day.

"He fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in the Netherlands, thirty-nine in the Battle of Bastogne in Belgium, and thirty more in and around Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. He was promoted to sergeant before Operation Market Garden. Malarkey, who was never seriously wounded, served more consecutive time on the front lines than any other member of Easy Company. Malarkey was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Croix de Guerre, in addition to many others."

Don returned to Oregon after the war and received a Business Degree from the University of Oregon. He later moved to Portland, Oregon where he became a real estate and insurance agent.

Following the death of Sergeant Paul Rogers on March 16, 2015, Don Malarkey became the oldest surviving member of Easy Company. Don passed away on September 30, 2017 at the age of 96. Sergeant Don Malarkey lies in rest at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland Oregon. Lest We Forget.

Sgt. Don Malarkey was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Scott Grimes. For additional information we recommend the book: Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers" by Don Malarkey, Bob Welch



WWII uncovered ©️ original description and photos sourced by: dday-overlord Database, Ancestry Database and Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers" by Don Malarkey, Bob Welch.

Photo Courtesy of John Powers.Had a “bully” good time photographing the future president of the United States, Colonel “...
08/03/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers.
Had a “bully” good time photographing the future president of the United States, Colonel “Teddy” Roosevelt!

This is a three-week series of photos I took last month at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

"Low Pass" Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger. This Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane provided the Great War vibes at The Grand Encamp...
08/02/2022

"Low Pass" Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger. This Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane provided the Great War vibes at The Grand Encampment 2022

Shake hands with the past and with living historians that keep the Spirit of '45 alive.
08/02/2022

Shake hands with the past and with living historians that keep the Spirit of '45 alive.


Photo Courtesy of John PowersAdmiral Chester Nimitz as portrayed by one of the re-enactors at the Grand Encampment. This...
08/02/2022

Photo Courtesy of John Powers

Admiral Chester Nimitz as portrayed by one of the re-enactors at the Grand Encampment.

This is a three-week series of photos I took last month at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

Here’s an iconic figure I’m sure most people will recognize:  from the USA perspective, the father of our nation and our...
07/29/2022

Here’s an iconic figure I’m sure most people will recognize: from the USA perspective, the father of our nation and our first president - George Washington!

This is a three-week series of photos I took last month at the Grand Encampment at the Flabob Airport in the Riverside, CA area.

Photo Courtesy of John Powers

WWI.  Photos courtesy of Alex Bellanger.
07/11/2022

WWI. Photos courtesy of Alex Bellanger.

On their way to the dance.Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger.
07/11/2022

On their way to the dance.
Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger.

A uniform...the suit of success.
06/18/2022

A uniform...the suit of success.

One of a dozen reasons to love The Grand Encampment! Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger
06/18/2022

One of a dozen reasons to love The Grand Encampment! Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger

Lightweight summer fatigues:  goes well with a tank top.Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger
06/15/2022

Lightweight summer fatigues: goes well with a tank top.
Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger

Setting the style bar high for service men everywhere everyone. Feed your   with a red beret  Photo Courtesy of Alex Bel...
06/15/2022

Setting the style bar high for service men everywhere everyone. Feed your with a red beret

Photo Courtesy of Alex Bellanger

Throw your arms around the world, but keep tight hold on a soldier.
06/15/2022

Throw your arms around the world, but keep tight hold on a soldier.

Real D-Day Dolls!
06/15/2022

Real D-Day Dolls!

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Making cafe de olla at the Mexican camp. We roasted the green coffee on Saturday and boiled it with cinnamon sticks and cone sugar on Sunday, for a tasty morning treat.
What a great event! Are the photos going to be posted anywhere?
3rd Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment.
23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers , Captain Fergusons Coy.
See British General Sir William Howe, Commander Crown Forces Revolutionary War 1773 - 1783