Haven’t we learned?

Sunday afternoon we ventured out to the town of Ft. Jennings, Ohio, where a bicentennial celebration was taking place.  One of the battles in the War of 1812 was fought there and this community holds an annual event with a reenactment to commemorate the occasion.

I was reminded of how differently wars were fought two hundred years ago.  The image that stays in my mind is this one ….because family members followed their soldiers to the battle.  Here is a young family with a little child, and though they are acting they are also right at the edge of the battle field, acting much the same as families would have then.

To be honest, I am not fond of reenactments. I do appreciate the freedom of being a U.S. citizen, and I know many people have died to help preserve that freedom.  History teaches us so many important lessons.  But I really don’t want to hear the gun fire, or see people pretend to kill each other.  

Haven’t we learned?

To view the entire set of images from that event, click here.

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