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Fort Harrison State Park hosted a Vietnam War Reenactment October 6th. Looking for something to do, we drove over to the park. We saw the sign at the entrance but I said nothing. I really didn't know how to feel about glorifying this war in this way. Beyond that, Tom was with me and discussing Vietnam is mostly off limits. I was just about speechless when he said he wanted to go.
As we approached, we heard the repeating rounds growing louder and louder. I kept looking over at him. I don't know who was more nervous... him or me. And then we were there... looking on. The landscape made it more than real. The gunfire came in rapid bursts, over and over, staggering in degree and intensity. I said, "Did it sound like this"? Tom replied, "Times a hundred". Vietnam became real for me this day... the reenactment no longer questionable. Necessary.
A step back in time... a time we should never forget.
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