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Date Posted: 12:26:28 04/04/07 Wed
Author: Patrick Reardon
Subject: Re: Lazy Jacks?
In reply to: Silvana 's message, "Lazy Jacks?" on 07:23:03 04/03/07 Tue

Dear Silvana,
I see one of our French colleagues has beaten me in responding to you. I did post on one of the BGR threads on the AC Forum but, as there were so many you may have missed it. Also it was not a proper AAR as I was too exhausted to write much (and I am still recovering from the experience!!!!)
Quite simply it was the finest event I have ever attended. It's still impossible to find the words to describe the experience; perhaps in a month or two when the kaleidoscopic pictures in my head settle down I will be able to give you a cogent report. I know I speak on behalf of all the Lazy Jacks (or, as I understand we're now called in the US, The Crazy Jacks!!!) when I say that there is such an anti-climactic feeling now that we want to return immediately and do it all over again.
The civilian element was, quite frankly, outstanding. It gave the event a unique dimension which I had never previously encountered. When you fed us on that hot and exhausting day we were not acting, nor indeed "re-enacting" when we ripped the food out of your hands and wolfed it down. That was for real as we were starving for sustenance that wasn't scraps of bacon or hardtack. My particular favourite were the stewed apples upon which I gorged!!! Food of the Gods!!!!
I suppose my most favourite moment, out of many favourite moments, was when we marched to the final muster on Sunday morning. The step was as sprightly as it was when we began and the sense of satisfaction was enormous as we'd done it!!!!!! and done it without a single drop-out. To sum it all up, it was an honour to have taken part. Fred, Tom and all who worked so hard to produce such a unique event deserve a huge vote of thanks for all their dedication and hard work. It was worth every pound or euro spent and every mile travelled many times over. To be able to say "we did BGR" will be a source of great pride for ever. For those all-too-brief days in Louisiana we WERE rebel soldiers as it was as close as we'll ever get!!!
With grateful thanks and warm regards to all.
Patrick Reardon,
The Old Major,
Lazy Jack Mess, UK

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