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In 1913, 50 years after the battle at Gettysburg during the Civil War, the soldiers had a reunion. No one brought weapons and the 50,000 men, who attended this reunion were totally different men than they were in 1863, when they fought the battle at Gettysburg. Soldiers from the North and the South attended and ate meals together, shared war stories, listened to the National Anthem together and were privileged to hear the president address their heroism in a speech. The most amazing thing to me is that they did a reenactment of Pickett’s Charge. People have done reenactments of battles but these were the actual soldiers, one side charging across the field and the other climbing over the fence, ( that in itself is impressive, fifty years later), to face each other. This time, they had no weapons and instead of shooting each other, they embraced. Amazing, isn’t it?
I think we can learn a lot from these men. They took the phrase, “A lot can happen in fifty years,” and gave it a new meaning. The Civil War was such a personal war, with feelings of anger and hatred-with only forgiveness and peace left in the fifty years that had gone by.
I found a video on Youtube that talks about the 50 year reunion and shows actual footage of their 75 year reunion. You will see two opposing soldiers sitting side by side, Pickett’s Charge reenacted with a handshake at the end, ( and the cute little old men more than happy to demonstrate a Rebel Yell). I was impressed when I saw the soldiers playing their drums and one playing the flute.
A bitter and fierce war turned into peace and laughter years later. All the things we can learn from this.