Making History Count at WHFRTC

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Story and photo by Pvt. 1st Class Ivanna Duran and Pvt. 1st Class Tabitha Murray, 75th Troop Command UPAHRs

World War II re-enactorors take cover during an reenactment on the Wendell Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., March 26-27.

GREENVILLE, Ky. — World War II era re-enactors converged on the Wendell Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., March 26-27.  The re-enactors said the reenactment strikes as a monumental way to experience history.

More than 180 re-enactors gathered at WHFRTC to display their love for history.   The re-enactors included a wide range of people – teachers, students, young kids, war Veterans, prior Servicemembers and history lovers who all shared the common interest. Taking the reenactments seriously, they put themselves in the mindset of Soldiers from the actual timeframe of the reenactments.

“I shave with an old-style safety razor, and those little things,” said Ben Lowry, a re-enactor, of his preparations before the event.

Lowry, along with the other re-enactors, take these events seriously. The group wears the exact clothing made from wool, carries actual weapons and guns from the time period and even the vehicles are genuine. According to Lowry, the re-enactors are so dedicated to living America’s history that all the props are bought, owned and maintained by the group.

“It’s a different experience,” he said.

Daryl Fisher, a coordinator of the reenactment agreed.

“It makes you appreciate what they went through.”

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