Biscuits and Gravy: Living History
I often listen to people discuss the finer points of history or hold a look of utter disguist as they reminise on how borring such topics have been for them. However, on both occassions, I venture to show them how history can truly come alive for all of us. You see, there is something finer than books or lectures or even the glam of Hollywood.
Now don’t get me wrong: books are wonderful, yet when portraying history there is something better that can give students both young and old something more. On Canada Day, the city will get a rare treat. As if stepping right out of the pages of history, the First Special Service Force Living History Association will be taking the field near Legacy Park to recreate life and struggle during the second World War.
For years, I was a reenactor in the United States, bringing history to life for thousands of spectators but found that such a thing was rarely seen in Canada, let alone in Western Canada. So, forming the society not too long ago, we pulled pages from the history books and made it to where instead of simply read, they could be seen, touched, smelled and heard like never before.
Come visit the camps and see life as a soldier during the 1944 Italian Campaign, with a small skirmish at 11:00am and a full scale battle at 3:45pm where you can see the ultimate struggle unfold. Why do we do this? It’s simple, really. We do this for the future, for the past, and for the present. Sure, it’s fun to play soldier on the field, but our goal is to educate the people on the sacrifices made to make this world what it is today. We strive to bring awarness to the effort and honor of veterans past and present, fallen and returned.
You see, for us, war is not glamorous, it’s not a thing to be admired but rather something to be respected and something that our children must understand to know where they came from. Come see and experience the world of war in 1944, and see the First Special Service Force take the field to face off against our Axis foes of the German Fallshirmjager. This week, think about the sacrifices made to bring Canada Day to your doorstep each year; and the best way is to see history as it really was: see it alive and right in front of you. For as reenactors we take the field to make living history come to life for you, not for us or the camera, but for you who want to take in the true sacrifice of the common soldier.