||Veterans Day event at the Hutto school
||November 11/12, 2005
||On 11-10-05, John SS, Jeff L, and Rory C, met up and
convoyed John's M35 w/M832 Electronics trailer, Rory's M813A1 w/M105
trailer, and Rory's Unimog, to Hutto for a "Cold War" display on
Veteran's Day. Arriving at noon, they began to set up in an open
area between the high school and elementary school. The encampment
comprised the US vehicles and trailers, three tents, and misc. equipment,
completely covered in camouflage netting. The Mog sat outside the
entrance, representing a visiting friendly force. Altogether, it
took around 4.5 hours to set up, with assistance from Rory's kids and a
friend, John S. Later in the afternoon, Barry F. arrived and set up
his WWII display and encampment close by. John SS, Jeff L, and Rory C then
spent the night in their encampment, Barry F in his.
Early on Veteran's Day, Steve T. arrived with his Chenowith FAV, which
he parked outside the camo net entrance. John SS and Jeff L geared
up and painted their hands and faces with camo, and all was ready.
At 8am the kids started to arrive, and that continued non-stop throughout
the day. Class after class of kids and their teachers came through
the displays and were given "lectures" on the gear and military
life in general. A guest lecturer, Tom B., came and gave much
appreciated help. The kids looked, listened, and asked loads of
questions and appeared enthralled by the whole experience. T he Army
provided a team of parachutists who did a very spirited jump
display. After participating in the Congress Ave. parade, JH M
arrived with his M35A2.
In the early afternoon the Confederate Air Force PBJ (Marine version of the B-25) and a
Corsair made several low passes and turns over the display. Later in
the day, many of the kids who had come through earlier returned and gave
out dozens of hand made thank-you cards and several large banners.
After the school day, visitors continued to come through. Many were
parents/family brought by kids who had come through earlier, and it was
interesting to hear the kids accurately repeating to their folks what they
had learned. Other visitors were just curious passersby, but all
Late in the afternoon, Steve T and JH departed with their vehicles, and
Barry F. managed to pack up his display and leave. With the visitors
still coming through, John, Jeff, and Rory decided to stay in place
another night and strike the encampment on Saturday morning. This
was done, and the convoy departed at noon Saturday.
In all, over 1400 elementary and high school students came through the
display, along with teachers and well over 100 "other"
visitors. Those who participated felt that something significant had
been accomplished, and the kids had been given something to remember.
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to go, the M35/M832, M813A1/M105, and Unimog 404
Going... The M813 is already under the net
||The base crew
ready for the day
||Jeff L lurking
in the entrance
|Tom B and kids
by the M813
||John SS talking
to kids by the M832
||Jeff L talking
||Barry F and
Morgan M talking to kids
||Tom B and kids,
a view inside the net
||PBJ and Corsair