Artillery Soldiers represent modern military at reenactment event

Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard's Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team fire a period artillery piece at the Military Through the Ages event March 16, 2013, at the Jamestown Settlement.  (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team fire a period artillery piece at the Military Through the Ages event March 16, 2013, at the Jamestown Settlement. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, Va. — Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s Hampton-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team represented the modern military at the Military Through the Ages event March 16, 2013, at the Jamestown Settlement. Hundreds of reenactors depicting armed forces from the first century to modern times converged on Jamestown for the annual event, and the Virginia Guard Soldiers provided a static display featuring the M119A2 howitzer and answered questions from the attendees about their equipment and the Virginia Guard.

The Soldiers also had the opportunity to join a crew to fire some of the period artillery pieces.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery have taken part in Military Through the Ages for eight years. The Soldiers were recognized with a plaque for their “enduring support” of the event, and the plaque also read that they “personify the heritage of the Virginia Militia and exemplify the ‘Warrior Spirit’ of our nation and commonwealth.”

According to the Jamestown Settlement website, Military Through The Ages has been held each year since 1984 at the Jamestown Settlement history museum. This year featured 35 reenactor groups based in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey portraying military personnel and military encounters from Roman times, the medieval period, the Hundred Years’ War, the War of the Roses, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the American Civil War as well as depicting World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Wounded Warriors Project and the Virginia Army National Guard represented the present.

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