VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. -- The 12th Annual Civil War Days celebration is underway--some are preparing for battle, while others pay tribute to our fallen heroes. Locals are taking visitors back in time to the 1800s to teach an important lesson.
History is repeating itself at the Comstock and it's not necessarily a bad thing.
"It's important to know what happened so we don't do it again," Eric Skinner, Confederate commander actor, said.
Civil War reenactors are suiting up to give an accurate depiction of one of the bloodiest wars fought on U.S. soil.
"It's important for us to remember the people who worked so hard and gave so much to allow us to do what we're doing and be where we are," Skinner said.
That's why they brought the traveling Vietnam memorial wall to the celebration. For Lyn Wheeler, it's an emotional reminder of the cost of freedom.
"This kid was just right out of high school," he said. "He graduated in 1967 and was killed about a year later."
That kid was his nephew, Darrell Wheeler, just fresh out of high school and robbed of a long life.
He's just one of more than 58-thousand names etched on the wall. For veterans like Aaron Endel, the scars of battle never heal.
"It's a real tense feeling for me and it's something I'm not used to," he said. "I try to not experience it all the time, but I know I need to because I need to remember these people. I don't ever want their memories to be lost."
A lesson of respect he hopes his six-year-old son will understand and pass on one day.
"I want him to at least say at one point in this time that he was raised right, that he was raised knowing the value of the men on this wall right here and all the men we lost in any other conflict."
The traveling memorial Vietnam Wall will be at the Silverlands Hotel through Monday.