Tipton-Haynes to host ‘A Walk in Their Boots’ Nov. 9-10

A re-enactor plays the role of a surgeon during the Civil War. ‘A Walk in Their Boots,’ which will take place on Nov. 9-10 at Tipton-Haynes, will allow folks to learn more about the history of our military.

On the eve of Veteran’s Day, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City will be hosting a free event to honor all of those who have fought for America’s freedom.

The eighth-annual “A Walk in Their Boots,” scheduled for Nov. 9-10, will allow folks to get an up-close look at the American military from the Revolutionary War and up to the present day. Re-enactors will portray military personnel from throughout our nation’s history. Encampments, lectures, battle recreations and weapon demonstrations will help bring history to life.

“They can basically experience a day in the life of a soldier, and kind of see the progression,” said Jeff Campbell, an organizer of the event. “It’s a nice march through history.”

The event will kick off with an Education Day on Friday, Nov. 8. The event will allow students from local schools to learn some military history at Tipton-Haynes. Approximately 230 students attended education day last year.

Several weapons demonstrations and battle reenactments will highlight the two-day event, which is free of charge and open to the public.

Saturday will start with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. The breakfast will cost $7. A veteran’s recognition program will take place at noon with free lunch for veterans who attend.

A convoy of vehicles will leave Tipton-Haynes at around 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9 to participate in the second-annual American Legion Veteran’s Day Parade, which will take place in Downtown Johnson City at 11 a.m.

Campbell said battle reenactments from different eras – including World War II and Vietnam – will take place throughout the weekend, as will weapons demonstrations featuring machine guns and cannons.

For more information on the event, visit www.militarywalk.us or email: events@militarywalk.us.


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