Living History: America’s military history comes to life

| June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments
Cheyenne Bateman, 8, navigates and explores the inside of an 8th TSC humvee with a Soldier during Living History Day at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, located at Fort DeRussy, in Waikiki, May 21.

Cheyenne Bateman, 8, navigates and explores the inside of an 8th TSC humvee with a Soldier during Living History Day at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, located at Fort DeRussy, in Waikiki, May 21.

Story and Photos by
Spc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Re-enactors lend authenticity to Armed Forces Day event

WAIKIKI — From hardtack to Meals Ready to Eat, and muskets to machine guns, the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy, here, breathed life into American military history.

Soldiers with 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th TSC, joined with veterans, military re-enactors and history enthusiasts in sharing the Army’s story to crowds, as part of Living History Day, May 21.

The day’s events were part of local Armed Forces Day celebrations. The occasion, first celebrated in 1949, recognizes all five service branches for their contributions to American society and encourages civilians to participate in open houses, ceremonies and events.

Armed Forces Day is held in addition to branch-specific appreciation days, and it has become one of the cornerstones of Military Appreciation Month.

“It’s awesome to be part of something that shows how we as a military and nation have come from sheet tents and wool uniforms to what we are today,” said Sgt. Michael Kirchner, 130th Eng. Bde.

Hundreds of people paraded through Fort DeRussy and the museum, here, mounting humvee turrets, donning body armor, enjoying Civil War cuisine and jamming out to Vietnam-era rock and roll.

Staff Sgt. Donald Rizzo (left), military working dog handler, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, and Arko (center), a military working dog, give a female participant a live demonstration of their skills.

Staff Sgt. Donald Rizzo (left), military working dog handler, 13th MP Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, and Arko (center), a military working dog, give a female participant a live demonstration of their skills.

The 13th MP Detachment, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Bde., culminated all displays with a working dog demonstration.

The detachment showcased its working dog teams’ ability to sniff for drugs and explosives and apprehend suspects.

Spectators were also invited to don a protective suit to feel like they were part of a current military mission.

Emma Rundle, a spectator from Sydney, Australia, leapt at the opportunity to see what the 13th MP Det.’s dogs were capable of.

“It was fun. You can really feel the bite,” Rundle said, after Arko, a military working dog, spun her around.

“We love bringing the dogs out here to community events like this,” said Staff Sgt. Donald Rizzo, military working dog handler, 13th MP Det. “We have the opportunity to show what we do, inform (the community) of our military working dog adoption program and have the public participate in our demonstrations.”

“The dogs were awesome,” said Ian Malone, 10. “Their bites were ferocious.”

While visitors expressed their appreciation to Soldiers, many of the Soldiers were just honored to have the opportunity to show what they do.

A re-enactor displays a typical Civil War meal to share historical information with attendees.

A re-enactor displays a typical Civil War meal to share historical information with attendees.

Pvt. Chelsea Taylor, 558th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., with just a month on the job, had an eye-opening experience.

“Seeing all the people, all the little kids, that’s awesome,” Taylor said. “It makes you feel proud of yourself knowing that you do something not many people can do, and that people appreciate you for doing it.”

“Living History Day shows how the (service members) of the past are connected to the (service members) of today, and that we are all an extension of each others’ lives,” said Brian Ching, Hawaii Historic Conservation Society and a Vietnam veteran.

“When and where we fought may have been different, but the camaraderie binds us all together,” he added. “I hope the people here today saw that.”

 

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