The History of War Stops in Charlottesville

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

October 1, 2005

The All-American Honor Guards held their Annual American Military History event Saturday.

As reminiscence of the battle field is played out on the front lawn of the Old Albemarle county building, history is learned.

"My brother and I are history buffs," said Josh Bortonprateley, a 3rd year attendee. "We love coming here each year, because of the guns and stuff."

Kids and parents get a sense of what it's like for many soldiers to fight and live in a war.

The All-American Honor Guard (AAHG) say their mission is to educate the public about American conflict and wars.

"It's not to promote war, said President of AAHG, Jim Bond. "In fact it's the exact opposite."

Lt. Bond is president of the All-American Honor Guard and he said they hope events like this will help people understand the true story of war conflicts. They in no way support war, but they do honor it's troops.

Veteran Vaughn Wagnon fought in World War II and said he's happy to see events like this.

"It has brought back memories, said Wagnon. "Memories of experiences I had in the war."

Authentic memorabilia lined the lawn for everyone to see. From uniforms, to tents and even one of the forces highest medals, the purple heart.

As this event comes to an end, it's not only gives first timers a sense of something new, it also give the veterans a lasting memory.

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