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History comes alive every April on the San Jacinto Battlegrounds with the reenactment of the battle of San Jacinto. This month the TPW TV show introduces viewers to a reenactor who brings his own cannon to the event. Producer Bruce Biermann.
67—I never met anyone who owns a cannon until I met Charlie Yates.
You know, it always comes up at dinner parties. Charlie owns a cannon Heh!
Every year at San Jacinto, there’s a very large reenactment with approximately 200 reenactors where they do a living history program and a reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto, which was the discerning point for Texas Independence. And he’s a reenactor on the Mexican side.
We love being able to teach history…talk about history…and we also learn a lot by doing this.
These reenactors put on a huge display. And part of that reenactment is the use of cannons. He’s quite serious about helping us understand where we came from so we know where we need to go.
We’re all going to be called on at some point in our life to do things that we don’t want to do but that have to be done. If you know history, you know how people who came before you dealt with it.
He wants to preserve those who came before us—their memory, their efforts. And help us never to forget them, but also to learn from them.
Catch Charlie and his cannon on the Texas Parks and Wildlife PBS TV show the week of July 29th.
For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti