Since 2007, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's annual Army Heritage Days event has brought in thousands of visitors to Middlesex Township to see re-enactors, replicas and demonstrations.
This year, budget constraints have forced AHEC to cut out the annual living history event.
AHEC Friday said the 2013 event scheduled for May 18 and May 19 was canceled due to budgetary restrictions in the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army. AHEC said the restrictions forced constraints on events and outreach activities.
The Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office did not return calls Friday to talk further about the cut.
Officials did say that they will start planning for Army Heritage Days in 2014.
Army Heritage Days is AHEC’s most popular annual event and regularly attracts more than 10,000 visitors over the span of two days.
The event started in 2007 as an annual public outreach event scheduled to coincide with Armed Forces Day. AHEC sponsors the event with support from the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks.
According to a report submission to the 2011 Keith L. Ware Competition, there has been a large leap in attendance over the years, from 3,000 visitors in 2007 to 11,500 in 2011.
In 2011, Army Heritage Days served as the official kick-off for the 5-year Civil War 150 campaign in Cumberland County and included indoor galleries featuring a major Civil War exhibit and a photo exhibit, as well as living historians with a special emphasis on the Civil War years.
The year attracted a record number of visitors and also contributed to a record number of overall annual visitors to AHEC. The center estimated there were 127,500 visitors to AHEC in 2011, compared to 91,500 in 2010 and 73,000 in 2009.
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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Friday said the 2013 Army Heritage Days scheduled for mid-May was canceled due to budget constraints.
AHEC’s most popular annual event regularly attracts more than 10,000 visitors over two days. The event was scheduled for May 18 and May 19 this year.
Officials said budgetary restrictions in the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army have forced constraints on events and outreach activities.
Officials did note that it will plan on having Army Heritage Days in 2014.
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