Living History in Paragould

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -History comes alive in Paragould. Military history to be exact as re-enactors portrayed soldiers and marines from the Revolutionary War to World War 2 at the Greene County History Museum.

Bugle calls and rifle fire were the order of the day as military re-enactors gathered in Paragould.

From pre-revolution to the Iraq war displayed in weaponry, equipment, and vehicles.

Organizer David Pratt says it's more than just collecting stuff. All of this has a purpose.

"We do it to remember our veterans and promote history and because we love it."

And there were a lot of veterans present. Arthur Phelps is a Korean War Vet.

"It means quite a bit to me. Being a part of if you know. And it brings back a lot of good memories and a lot of bad memories."

Phelps served as a mechanic on armed half tracks.

"It started out as a personnel carrier then they decided they could make it more useful by putting these quad 50's on the back."

And speaking of weapons, they were all over the place.

One of the big highlights of this 2 day event was a chance to see guys like from the 7th Arkansas shoot vintage weapons like these all the way up to modern day items.

After the black powder the more modern weapons.

Up to the marines at Khe Sahn to today's modern war fighters.

Pratt says they fire in a historic time line for a purpose.

"It's a great way for people to see how the difference in weapons and how they have gotten better."

For many these weapons and equipment were just curiosities and just a glimpse into the past.

For others, it stirs memories of wars past.

Phelps, "It was called a police action and it's called a forgotten war. But most of us hadn't forgotten it."

On Saturday, September 12 there will be a WW2 battle re-enactment at Lake Charles State Park beginning at 1 pm.

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