HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, located on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel and the Fort DeRussy Recreation Center, is honoring Armed Forces Day at the 12th Annual Living History Day, here, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 19.

Staged each year on the museum's front lawn, Living History Day is a free event at historic Battery Randolph where Army history comes alive.

"We invite the public to relive military history and chat with the dedicated members of Hawaii's historical and preservation organizations and reminisce or simply enjoy the memorabilia on hand," said Judith Bowman, director, U.S. Army Museum Hawaii. "It is truly a unique way to honor our military on Armed Forces Day."

See re-enactors roaming the museum grounds dressed in vintage war uniforms from the Civil War and Spanish-American War to Vietnam, creating a nostalgic atmosphere for visitors.

Enjoy the interactive displays of ancient Native Hawaiian fighting weapons, restored military vehicles from World War II and beyond, classic war films, large-scale working aircraft models, and Soldiers in modern combat gear.

Get behind the wheel of an Army tactical vehicle, or position yourself at the .50 caliber machine gun mounted on the vehicle. Or, sit back and watch military police working dog demonstrations.

Call 438-2821 or email mike.egami@us.army.mil.

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is located in Honolulu on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel and the Fort DeRussy Recreation Center. Admission is free, however, donations are always welcome.

The museum is housed in Battery Randolph, a massive, reinforced concrete emplacement.

The battery was built around 1911 for two, 14-inch guns that could fire projectiles as far as 14 miles. It was part of a coastal defense system engineered to protect Honolulu Harbor from invasion.