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Reliving the long fight for democracy

From Staff Reports

To celebrate the U.S. Army's 230th birthday, members of the military and reenactors staged mock battles and presented living history at both Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem over the weekend, hosted by the Army in Atlanta Museum.

Among the festivities celebrating the Army's history was a parade featuring about 400 reenactors dressed in uniforms representing the American Revolution through the Cold War era. The celebrations also included demonstrations of equipment from all wars and a keynote speech by the Sgt. Major of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston.

At Fort McPherson Friday, an American P-51 Mustang engaged a German Focke Wulf-149 in a mock air battle in the Atlanta skies. Also on hand were a German 88mm Flak Gun, a World War II aircraft gun and Sherman tanks.

At Fort Gillem on Saturday, two groups staged a World War II reenactment of the final tank battle of the Italian Campaign.