A Trip Back In Time
Civil War reenactors showed a captive audience what an attack might look and sound like. Reenactors came to Mexico for crowds to experience history, not just read about it.
"We kind of try and bring the history book more to life. You can read about it, see it. But until you really see it, hear what the guns really sound like, then you'll appreciate what it really was," said Mike Congdon, Confederate Soldier Reenactor.
Coordinators worked to make the event a detailed account of U.S. history since colonial times.
"We just bring it alive. You could walk right up to General MacArthur, salute him and shake hands. We have General Washington here. You can see characters through American history. This is really a fun-loving, educational event. There's really nothing like it," said Paul Baum, Historical Sector Coordinator.
Visitors could go way back, but this year visitors are also seeing a present day battle. Members of the U.S. Army performed an Iraq war convoy reenactment that included a roadside bombing, a wounded soldier in need of an ambulance, and enemy fire. Sergeant Alex Turley and another soldier served in Iraq.
"We're just out talking to people and letting them know our experiences, and our stories. That's the main thing we can do is just come out and share our point of view of what's going on from first hand," Turley said.
Much of the reenactment mirrors reality in Iraq, including an exact humvee that was used by U.S. troops in the war. Soldiers also used authentic weapons and props, and they say the reenactment is a good representation of what they saw overseas. Participants said the reenactment is unusual especially since soldiers are still fighting in Iraq.
"It's something that you don't see normally. Usually it's a war that, you know for me personally, I wasn't alive for Vietnam or World War II, or the Civil War reenactors that were out here earlier, so I think it's great to really incorporate that with the past as well," Turley said.
Event officials estimate between 10,000 and 12,000 people attended this year's living history fair.