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10/01/2015

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Emily's Vintage Visions

Great photos, thank you for sharing them! I saw the ones on the Boyer sisters' blog too. This event looks like a lot of fun. That's wonderful to see the whole town involved.
-Emily

Sarah A.

Looks like you had so much fun, Kristen! Felt like I was there, seeing all your lovely photos. Everyone (from your family and all the others) looked very authentic! :)

M. Arthur

I wanted to say, first and foremost, the pictures are outstanding!

The second thing I would like to touch on, is that most, if not all, of the veterans you saw riding around in German vehicles were indeed Veterans of the European Theatre of Operations...they fought against the Germans as you well know.

I was one of the Heer Reenactors (regular German Army) present, the "Writhing, Screaming German" to be exact, and we were approached by these veterans thanking us for keeping the whole story intact and alive. Many of them actually asked to ride in our vehicles because they said they had wanted to during the war but the majority of the vehicles were destroyed by the time they got to them. As you may notice in many pictures, their faces portray elation at taking such a ride! To many it was an old dream come true to finally be able to take that ride (strange to people who weren't there to be sure!).

I hope that you continue to follow and catalog these events, as it gets the story out farther than we reenactors can do! Keep up the great work!

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Thanks for commenting, Michael! It's great to hear from another reenactor from the event. It was really neat to have so many Germans reenactors attend. The Nazis were so well done it was sort of scary. :-)

And I was actually joking about objecting to the veterans riding with the Nazis - it touched my sense of irony, but I don't have a real problem with it and am sure it was a highlight to them to ride in those vehicles. The whole hands-on approach to history there, like having the vehicles available for rides, was a wonderful experience and we are really looking forward to next year! I only wish there were many more events like this, all across the nation.

Annie

Wonderful photos of the event Kristen! I was delighted to find your blog after meeting you at the event (my sister and I ate supper with you Saturday evening). Well, I actually found your blog before the event but I didn't know it was you or recognize you at the time. :) The event was so well planned and was probably the best reenactment I attended all year. It was such an honor to meet all of the vets!

I had such a grand time talking with you and your sister! I wish you lived next door to us! Keep up the great reenactment posts!

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Oh, Annie! I'm happy to hear from you. We enjoyed talking to you and your sister so much - I wish we would have met earlier so we could have talked more while we were in Linden. I do wish so much that we lived closer. Any chance of you moving to Idaho? :-)

I agree completely with your comment about the reenactment. Maybe we'll meet again next year or at other events. Keep in touch!

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