Vietnam Educational Weekend: Aug. 14-15, 2010

Vietnam Educational Weekend at Old Bedford Village is not about the uproar on the home front. There’s no one waving "Make Love, Not War" signs. No one stuffing flowers in the barrel of a soldier’s rifle or exiting to Canada to avoid the draft. It’s about the life and experience of American soldiers in Vietnam, says Tom Gray, president of the Greater Pennsylvania Preservation Association, which stages the event with the U.S. 7th Cavalry Re-enactment Unit.

This event concentrates on why the United States was there—the soldiers, the equipment, the successes. The re-enactment unit will set up a camp and show uniforms, weapons and equipment used in Vietnam.

This year, the event will add vintage military vehicles and vendors offering original military clothing, gear and memorabilia from the war.

For $5, you can ride in an Army truck and take part in a jungle-type patrol. There will be incoming mortar rounds (blanks), return fire and radio calls for air support. You walk single-file in a crouch. You get out alive.

For living history, visitors can talk to members of the Bedford County Vietnam Veterans Association for first-hand information. A portion of funds raised goes to the association. –Ann Curran

Old Bedford Village, 220 Sawblade Road, Bedford, Bedford County. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No charge for most of the Vietnam event. To tour Old Bedford Village: adults, $10; seniors, $9; students with ID, $5; children under 6, free. Info: 800/238-4347.