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Posted by Sgt. Toot on July 04, 2000 at 16:33:05:

Dear Mates,
Just got back from seeing The Patriot for the second time. Decided
to post this message.
I attended the F and I event at Ft. Niagara this past weekend where the opinions on the movie abound. Here's mine.
What exactly gets on involved with a hobby such as reenacting? Perhaps many reasons but probably the love or interest in history. That's mine. I grew up in the era when Walt Disney gave us some great shows. The Scarecrow, Johnny Tremaine and my favorite The Swamp Fox. Remember Dan'l, Rebecca, Mingo and Cincinnatus. I loved those shows and people. Hokie at times yes, but what dreams they stirred in me.
It bothers me at events of the 18th century when the general public asks where Abe Lincoln is! We should be educators first, reenactors second. In the long run do we debate the shape and size of a button or facing color or do we turn the public on to this great hobby. The Patriot can do that for us and more impotantly, the public. On the fourth of July let's celebrate that the Flag is still flying high and great. God Bless Walt Disney, John Wayne at the Alamo, even Leslie Neilson as the Swamp Fox. After all a dream can become a nation.
Now I'm going to pop in the Swamp Fox. Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat, nobody knows where the Swamp Fox is at!!!!!
God Bless America
Sgt. Toot
Pa. Regt, 1st Batt.

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