Reenactors Take on Vietnam War

Despite controversy, re-created conflict gets warm reception
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2009 9:49 AM CDT
On Saturday, July 25, 2009, Tom Gray yells to his fellow soldiers as he portrays American combat troops "in country" in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War in Boalsburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments are a familiar sight—but now, one of the most controversial wars in US history is in reruns, the AP reports. Houston, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania have all hosted Vietnam war reenactments. “We do it to honor these guys and to tell them, 'You weren't forgotten,' to tell them it wasn't always negative,” says one involved.

At first, a lead organizer was worried about the reaction from veterans. But “what they're doing here is absolutely great," says one who fought in Vietnam as a sergeant. "I think for a long time with Vietnam, we tried to push that out of our history, that it didn't happen, so I think this is a good thing."