As many of you already know, the 2013 “GAP I” will take place again in Area 13. This will allow us to take full advantage of the quad arrangement of the buildings. Morning formations will continue in our assigned area and will further enhance our living history experience.
Living history is truly what we strive for. The GAP events help us create an atmosphere where we can attempt to live as closely as possible to a 1940’s garrison. Our uniforms and accoutrements become much more than just costumes if we strive for authenticity of conduct as well as appearance. I charge you all with challenging yourselves to keep up the momentum in that pursuit. Look it. Live it. Be it.
Those in leadership roles will be expected to assume those responsibilities. As you do, remember that as reenactor commanders, we wield whatever authority bestowed upon us by our peers. If you can rise to that, the chain of command functions as it should and everyone in attendance will have a fulfilling experience.
In our quest to perform well in our impressions, we need to constantly educate and train ourselves. Thanks to the efforts of the Allied Command Staff, seminars will be offered during the event in various tactical issues such as map reading and field tactics. I encourage you to take advantage of these brief classes. Their times and locations will be published by the Federation.
Finally, I remind you of the fact that we lose more veterans every year. Remember that in your dealings with them. Show them respect and hold dear the stories they tell, for in each one is the truth of history, bravery, duty and courage. This coming event we will be honoring those teachings embodied in Gerhard Franzky. His passing was felt throughout our reenactor community and we will have a formation on Friday in his honor.
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. I look forward to seeing you all again in January as we travel together to 1944.
Larry Mihlon, Director LARA
Axis Reenactor Commander
GAP I, 2013