Part Two: Gettysburg Special Report 7/22/13
CBS 7 News Staff
(Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)- Two weeks ago re-enactors from across the country traveled to Pennsylvania for the 150th anniversary of the Battles at Gettysburg.
One Odessa family was among those who took part and they invited CBS 7 to go along.
David Golden and his family are re-enactors.
They have their own cannon, a replica of one used by their loved one, John A. Golden,
He fought in the Civil War, and thatís why they take part, in his honor.
That and itís something the entire family can do together.
Liberty is a cannon owned by David Golden and his son's Cody and Clint.
For about 10 years now, the Golden's and their mom Vonda, have traveled across West Texas and the country taking part in the recreation of battles.
It all started back when Clint was in military school.
He went out for a re-enactment and soon after the rest of the family joined in.
Clint Golden told CBS 7: "I got bored one weekend and went to an event down in Selma and uh that was it. I was going to do it once and be done with it. I came home and told them about it and they got interested. 10 years later, here we are."
David Golden, Clintís father added: "We didn't have family that fought in Gettysburg, we were actually at Vicksburg, but they both fell in 1863. So last year it was Vicksburg, this year it's Gettysburg.
They soon began to trace their family history and found out that they had family who fought in the Civil War.
John A. Golden.
So now when the Golden's go to an event, it's for their family.
It has an affect on all of them.
David Golden summed it up this way: "They marched with no food or no water. No supplies. No shoes and I am fat and lazy and I get refrigerated air when this is over. They didn't. They were coming from other parts of the country that they had never seen before. Didn't even know it existed and their bodies are laying here on this field because they didn't go to a National Cemetery. Some of the bodies were buried here and are probably still here."
Cody Golden served in the army seeing action overseas.
He also takes part in the re-enactments with his two sons, Wyatt and Patrick.
He says it is something he hopes they will continue when they get older.
"Not everybody gets the opportunity to spend time with their father. You know everybody's going to get old one day and not be able to do something. It's a common interest. It's fun to do with my brother and I like having my kids be here with me. Be able to teach them some of the stuff."
The Golden's and several others who traveled along with them to Gettysburg are friends of Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, and it's that love of what they do that helps them to keep the history alive.
Clint Golden says: "Once you get back into it you know you start telling stories here and there and it brings back good memories. Even being in the military. 90 percent of it is boring, but it's the 10 percent that keeps you coming back."