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Military Through the Ages

March 19-20, 2016, at Jamestown Settlement

Scara Karoli, Military Through the AgesThousands of visitors witnessed the evolution of military power through the centuries on March 19 and 20, when re-enactors depicting soldiers throughout history came together for Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages.”

This chronological display of military history has been held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984. This year’s timeline event featured depictions from 62 A.D. through modern times.

In the course of one weekend – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday – visitors experienced the past and present as re-enactors showed how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved throughout the centuries. The event also showcased a variety of military vehicles and equipment. Visitors interacted with re-enactors to learn how soldiers throughout time dressed and armed themselves, as well as how they were fed and housed in times of war.

Military Through the AgesTimeline from the Roman Legion to the Virginia Army National Guard

Re-enactors portrayed soldiers and military encounters from Roman times, the medieval period, Hundred Years’ War, War of the Roses, Napoleonic Wars, American Revolution, War of 1812, and American Civil War. Re-enactors depicting World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War took visitors through the 20th century. The Virginia Army National Guard represented the present.

 Artillery, Children’s Parade, Military Pass-in-Review

AComparative artillery-firing demonstrations were presented on Saturday and Sunday, with weapons ranging from a 17th-century swivel gun to a modern-day howitzer.

A cannon salute near military demonstration field at 1 p.m. Saturday marked the beginning of a children’s parade. There, young “troops” marched through the re-created colonial fort and campsites to formally present ribbons to each of the participating military units.

A military awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday featured recognition of re-enactor units judged on camp impressions and demonstrations in the cold steel, black powder and modern categories. See the list of 2016 award recipients.

World War II Veterans of Hampton Roads Oral History Project

The Virginia War Museum presented “World War II Veterans of Hampton Roads: A Collection of Oral Histories,” a video documentary created by Mitchell Woods of Fort Monroe Boy Scout Troop 31 for his Eagle Service Project. The one-hour documentary featured interviews of 30 veterans covering nearly every major World War II battle of the European and Pacific theaters in chronological order.

Military Through the Ages Pass-in-Review in 2015