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'History in Motion' event allows the community to hear sounds, see sights of World Wars

Posted at 8:17 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 09:32:45-05

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Have you ever wondered what it must have been like during he World Wars?

Hearing the sounds of what artillery they used or the vehicles they rode in?

Even though many decades have passed since the wars themselves, you haven't missed out on all of the action just yet.

The Museum of the American G.I. is a non-profit in College Station and they are hosting their annual "History in Motion" event this weekend.

The event offers everything from vehicle demonstrations to an artillery exhibition.

"Most of the time when someone goes to a museum, people just see static vehicles and they walk around and see wonderful displays, but nothing ever moves, nothing ever makes noise, so that's what we do, we show it in motion," Museum Director Leisha Mullins said.

Historic displays that let the roar of tanks and the power of artillery tell their own story.

"We are about the only place in Texas where you can actually see all of these vehicles drive around," Mullins added.

From the parking lot to the event space, everyone is escorted in a World War II historic CCKW.

"They are a two-and-a-half ton truck. They are the trucks that won the war, nothing moved in WW2, if it wasn't in a CCKW," Mullins said.

The "History in Motion" event is a unique experience for the Rocha family who made the trip from Houston so their son could experience something he will never forget.

"We purchased the tank ride that he (Ronan) doesn't know about yet... so it's going to be really amazing to see the smile on his face when he gets to ride the tank," David Rocha, Ronan's Dad said.

Members of the US Army Reserve showed their support for an event that ultimately supports them and their service.

"When things get tough we are here for you and we are really glad you are here for us," First Sergeant in the US Army Reserve Daniel Griego said.

Next month marks 20 years of military service for First Sergeant Daniel Griego and he says events like these are meaningful.

"For me, all of the different components, they all have the same mission and that's to take care of Americans and to make sure we are here when you need us and to fight and win America's wars, so being here as a veteran, it means a lot to me. Being able to stand next to my neighbors and say hey... thank you for your support, it really means alot to us," Griego added.

You can add a little extra to your experience by purchasing a WWII tank or halftank ride this weekend. Every attendee is required to wear a mask and all of the interactive events are sanitized after each use. The event will last Sunday 10 am until 2pm.