BERN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- World War II Weekend is back in Berks County this year, and celebrating it's 30th anniversary.

"I try to support it every year. Me and a buddy of mine come up here. Glad to see it's back up and running,” Joe Apgar said.

For some, it's a chance to participate in history.

"It's amazing, all the different stuff we had during World War II. I don't realize all the things we had. It's really amazing,” Thomas Hoopes said.

But for World War II veteran Benny Ficeto, it's re-living history.

"Oh yeah, takes you back. Which is no good. You start thinking of things,” Ficeto said.

Ficeto severed from 1942 until the war ended three years later.

He was a top gunner and radio operator on a B-25 bomber.

He's celebrating his 100th birthday later this summer.

"World War II was something different. It was very dangerous and you had to be very careful,” Ficeto said.

The event is an opportunity to get an up-close look at a still functioning B-25 war bird, while others took it all in from a distance.

And for re-enactors, it's also an opportunity to bring history to life.

"My name is Jacob Jacobs. I am portraying the 45th Infantry,” re-enactor Jacob Jacobs said.

Jacobs' grandfather fought in World War II and got him into re-enactments about 15 years ago.

Now, he's sharing the tradition with his girlfriend.

"This is my first time here and I love it. It's so cool to walk around, see everything. The planes are really awesome,” Carissa Drew said.

"It's just allowing the generations just to be exposed to a living history. I love it,” Sue Anne-Keim said.

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