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Gallery: History of the Soldier with Camp Verde Elementary School

Military history is on full display Saturday and Sunday at Fort Verde Sate Park in Camp Verde. The annual History of The Soldier brings together historical re-enactors who collect vintage and replica weapons, uniforms and accoutrement and share their vast knowledge with a curious public. On Friday, students from Camp Verde Elementary spent three hours making stops at 9 different activity areas to learn about many aspects of military life and times. The kids learned about Navajo Code Talking from John Yancie; life of the soldier during WWII from Dan Coleman; the American Revolution with Bob Orb; Period Games taught by Donna Leatherman; and many more activities including the meaning and proper way to fold the American flag and an introduction to Military Drills. CVES Teacher Kitty McDowell organized the field trip with staff from Fort Verde in order to have the special activity areas and presenters ready for the 160 or so kids who attended the event.