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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2004 11:22 am | Updated: 5:42 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Ten hut! And prepare your troops to step back 230 years into American military history. Actors outfitted in period costumes will reenact a living timeline of American warfare, dating from the French and Indian War through the present, during the "History of the Soldier" celebration 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde.

Saturday’s events kick off with a flag-raising ceremony and an hourlong symposium, where speakers will give short talks about life in an armored division in Normandy and Navajo code talking during World War II and other topics. Re-enactment troupes, who have set up a camp of tents and open-fire cooking, will provide historical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Another symposium is 2 to 3 p.m.

Sunday events get under way with an 1870s-style church service.

"We have a gentleman doing the role of a late-1800s circuit preacher, using the language and expressions of the time period," said park ranger Nora Graf. Later, spectators can watch a baseball game, in which some players will dress in historic uniforms.

"The rules haven’t changed a whole lot, but one thing that was different was that if you were running to base, you could be thrown out by having the ball thrown at you," Graf said. "There were some concussions, so they had to stop doing that."

A social with punch, tea and sweets follows, and the park’s three historic house museums, commanding officer’s quarters, bachelors’ quarters and doctor’s quarters, all furnished with 1880s period pieces, will be open for touring.

Admission is $3 adults, $1 kids ages 7 to 13. For more information, call (928) 567-3275.

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