Monday, December 8, 2008

Pearl Harbor Day

We were given an wonderful opportunity to participate in a living history event on Pearl Harbor Day. We were invited to Cape Fear History Museum in Fort Bragg to give a demonstration on V-Mail. Amelia and I 'dressed out' while mark brought Daniel and Alex as spectators. There were other WWII demonstrations going on at the museum that day as well, including a band! The boys and Mark were able to explore the entire grounds and take part in the activities. There is an old house on the site that is just one year older than ours, it was built in 1897...
Mark was intrigued by the house! The boys spent a lot of time testing their depth perception at a demonstration upstairs in the museum and looking at the displays outside of WWII weapons and vehicles... they especially liked the motorcycle. Amelia stayed to help me for most of the time, but she went outdoors to dance and help at the 'USO canteen' and listen to the band. I was able to tell so many adults and children about V-Mail and the museum had reproduced blank V-mail forms for the visitors to fill out. Some of the visitors knew soldiers currently deployed to send the letters to, some wanted to send them to great grand parents who served in WWII and others wrote letters for me to send to a fellow homeschool father who is deployed. The sweetest were the little children who were sending letters to 'Daddy' who was away right now. I was so glad to do this demonstration. I met a lot of people with so many stories! There was one lady who was born in a military hospital in Goldsboro in 1943... her dad was in Bragg building barracks and didn't have any gas coupons to get him to the hospital! Her mom was 'stuck' at the hospital for several extra days waiting for her husband to borrow enough gas coupons to get to them and get them home! The museum staff was very thankful for our help, they had record attendance at the museum... almost more on that one day than they have all year round! I hope the opportunity for more WWII events come our way....

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