While at the "History of the Solider" event at Fort Verde State Historic Park, Man met a knowledgeable and very cordial representative of the World War II era. The reenactor had tent and lots of gear that an US Army infantry soldier would use and carry during World War II .
As many soldiers, Man's father would not discuss the war much, so Man took this opportunity to really question and learn about what his father's experiences might have been like.
Showing how to load the M-1, the gun Man's father carried:
Showing us how to clean the weapon. This reenactor knew his M-1, he was efficient in his motions, and to me it seemed he was fast too.
Here is Man holding the M-1, asking more questions. (By the way, he would make a great interviewer, he was asking great questions.)
And, a solider has to eat, rations:
There usually seems to be one part of a day or event or learning experience that stands out, in this case it was learning about the pack that Man's father had to carry, what went into it. Then, Man asked if he could put the pack on (which was supposed to be packed pretty much the way his father's would have been during WWII).
Man was impressed, so much so, that he is still talking about what it would have been like to carry that pack (it was not light). The experience was good, the information good, the insight more than good. Yes, there is a new appreciation here in Reflection's Land, by both Man and I, for what our soldiers and specifically Man's father experienced during World War II.