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The World War II Pheasant Canteen


Casey Weismantel of the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau talks about the World War II Pheasant Canteen. Tonight at 7:00, the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team is premiering, at the Capitol Theatre in Aberdeen, their historic documentary of the Red Cross/USO Canteen in the Milwaukee Depot during 1943-1946 along with the activities of the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team since 2006. There is no fee for admission, but a free will offering is accepted. This event marks the 70th anniversary of the pheasant canteen that opened on August 19, 1943. The canteen provided free food and services to 586,000 troops traveling through Aberdeen with volunteers and donations from the Aberdeen area. One of the most unique menu items was the pheasant sandwich. Birthday cakes, Easter treats, and holiday gifts were also provided. The WWII Pheasant Canteen Team was recognized by the Aberdeen Association of State and Local History in 2012 for its historical activity. People of all ages will enjoy the stories, the images, and the look back at the community during the war.