This month marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival of American troops in Northern Ireland. To celebrate the anniversary and remember the importance of the event for Northern Ireland and the war effort, the museum held a private reception at Belfast Harbour Office on Thursday 26th January. The event was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Borough of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle, Belfast’s Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, Acting U.S. Consul General Bernadette Roberts and invited guests. Music provided by Ulster Brass was woven into a programme of speakers who relayed the history of the American presence in Northern Ireland and the collection of items held by the museum that tell the story of their time here.
On Saturday the 28th the 75th anniversary was further marked with an upbeat family day at the museum which was enjoyed by 250 visitors. Live dancing was performed throughout the afternoon by the Ballroom Blitz Formation dance group, U.S. kit and collections were displayed by wartime living history experts and children were presented with their weekly ration of American candy and Coca-Cola.