Military day honors veterans, celebrates Greene County history

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The treasures of wars past and present were easily visible at the Greene County Museum Saturday morning.

The museum held its fourth annual Military Day Saturday and it featured the firing of a cannon several times throughout the day, as well as plenty of reenactment geared around the Civil War this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war.

Bettye Busby is one of the founders of the museum and is currently the museum coordinator, she said events like Saturday's are important for the facility, "We are emphasizing the civil war," said Busby, "we want veterans to know that we appreciate them whether they fought in World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm, or the present war."

If you walked through the lawn you could almost lose yourself in how realistic the reenactment was, David Pratt organized the event and said they do these things for a reason, "It's to keep the history alive, " said Pratt.

Putting the event together takes plenty of time and effort, as well as a good knowledge of history, something Pratt said is really important,"We try to get everything as authentic as we can and dress right."

Pratt said he enjoys seeing how people react to his shows and that is what it is all about, "If I can make someone happy and make a kid say, 'oh look,' then we've accomplished something."

The house the Greene County Museum is based in was actually the house of Former Arkansas Governor from 1933-1937, Junius Futrell.

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