VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)-Ever since Bryan Andrews was eight he has been suiting up for events like the World War I reenactment at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes. Each year he dawns the uniforms of previous wars to educate the public.
"So it’s a lot of work, but it’s defiantly very rewarding and it’s good because a lot of the people you interact with are from your own community. So it’s good you'll be able to see your giving back to your community and help them experience what world war one was like," said Andrews
This is the fifth year the museum has hosted this world war one event. The goal of the two-day event is to give these visitors a glimpse of what life was like during the great world war.
Jim Osborne with the museum says with this year being the 100 year anniversary of the war makes this event a little more meaningful.
"This is the last of the centennial period and this is just to get all the enthusiasm going. We're doing our part right here in the trenches. We are kind of proud of what we've built here. 100 yards of trenches and dugouts that simulates what life was like in world war one," said Osborne.
Nearly 40 reenactors like Andrews came out to put on a show showing what the war was like. Displaying equipment used and showing what these soldiers had to do to survive.
No matter the event these men are proud to educate the public on what life was like for these men and women.
"Whether its world war one or world war two or Vietnam or whatever it may be these events allow the youngsters to come out and experience what this was all about," said Osborne.
With the event getting bigger each year reenactors like Andrews hopes more people will come out to see the event. He just knows that this won't be his last time portraying history any time soon.
"As long as there’s event to come to I’ll be here and a few of the other guys. Just as long as we get the public out here and can teach them it will all be worth it," said Andrews.
The Indiana Military Museum holds a number of reenactments. The next big one for the museum will be for World War II on Labor Day weekend.