Living History Day
Mike Egami (right), Living History Day organizer, stands with re-enactors next to a display of armored vehicles during the annual event, held in celebration of Armed Forces Day, at Battery Randolph, Fort DeRussy, Saturday.

Re-enactors star at 'Living History'

FORT DERUSSY, Hawaii (May 24, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Museum Hawaii celebrated Armed Forces Day with Living History Day at Battery Randolph, here, Saturday.

The 13th annual event began promptly at 9 a.m. with a Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 33, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem and Hawaii Pono'i.

Crowds numbering in the hundreds browsed through the static and interactive displays. They enjoyed military memorabilia, the restored military vehicles and modern-day Soldier equipment and weapons.

The event attracted visitors from neighboring hotels and curious onlookers as they walked from the nearby park and beach. Military families and local residents showed they were interested in military memorabilia.

Members of Hawaii Historic Arms Association fielded questions about their collection of guns, ranging from the antiquated U.S. model 1816 musket, with its flintlock-firing, and the .69-caliber barrel, to the modern-day assault AK-47.

"Our veterans recalled the weapons they trained with and fired when they were in the service, and we truly enjoy sharing our knowledge of the historic arms with those that have little knowledge of the history and capabilities of these arms," said Shelton Tyau, member of Hawaii Historic Arms Association. "We try to emphasize the historical side rather than the shooting aspect of the weapons."

Throughout the day, the variety of activities -- from listening to the distinct sounds of Scottish bagpipes, performed by the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, or watching classic war films at the Corps of Engineers Regional Visitors Center auditorium -- provided something for everyone. For more intense action, participants could watch Military Police trained K-9 dogs capable of sniffing out drugs or attacking criminals.

Always a big hit, Soldiers were dressed in combat uniforms with weapons, and tactical vehicles displayed mounted weapons and other weapons used in combat.

"I really enjoyed learning so much about the protection gear that our Soldiers wear in combat, and the mortars and sniper rifles used in combat. I couldn't imagine hitting a target up to two miles away," said Reggie Cowland, a visitor from New Zealand. "We gained so much more insight to what it is like to be a Soldier in combat."

"This annual event to honor our military on Armed Forces Day is held at the museum grounds located at the Fort DeRussy recreation center in the heart of Waikiki. It is always nice to recognize and thank our military ohana and community," said Judi Bowman, director of U.S. Army Museum Hawaii. "We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of loyal, historical and preservation organizations that make it successful each year."

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