Jamestown Settlement brings military history to life

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Jamestown Settlement to showcase more than 2,000 years of military history

From the first to the 21st century, military history will come to life March 19 and 20 at Jamestown Settlement's "Military Through the Ages."

An annual Jamestown event since 1984, this year's Military Through the Ages features more than 400 re-enactors among 35 groups from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Re-enactors will demonstrate the evolution of uniforms, weapons and tactics from Roman times through major military encounters – War of the Roses, American Revolution and Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, both World wars, Vietnam and more. The National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Virginia Army National Guard will represent modern times. Guests are invited to interact with re-enactors at this family friendly event.

At noon on both days, there will be comparative artillery-firing demonstrations. Weapons range from a 17th-century swivel gun to a modern howitzer.

Other event highlights include a children's parade at 1 p.m., Saturday and a military pass-in-review at 3 p.m., Sunday. Guests can catch a one-hour documentary on Saturday and Sunday in the Elmon and Pam Gray Presentation Hall – presented by the Virginia War Museum "World War II Veterans of Hampton Roads: A Collection of Oral Histories" features interviews from 30 veterans.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

Want to go?

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 19-20

Where: Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road

Tickets: $17/adults, $8/ages 6-12; Residents of James City and York counties and City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.

Info: Call 888-593-4682, 757-253-4838, historyisfun.org

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