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Re-enactors bring World War II to Fremont Middle School eighth-grade students

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  • Eighth-grader Hunter Lasky is loaded down with an army uniform by World War II re-enactor Phil Lauricella of Elburn on Thursday at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.

       Eighth-grader Hunter Lasky is loaded down with an army uniform by World War II re-enactor Phil Lauricella of Elburn on Thursday at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • World War II re-enactors visit Fremont Middle School in Mundelein on Thursday to talk about what it was like to be a soldier or a pilot.

       World War II re-enactors visit Fremont Middle School in Mundelein on Thursday to talk about what it was like to be a soldier or a pilot.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

World War II came to Fremont Middle School in Mundelein on Thursday as re-enactment experts from Don't Know Much About History showed students what it was like to be a soldier or a pilot.

"When you can see and feel and touch things, that's what really brings it home to people, said World War II re-enactor Phil Lauricella of Elburn.

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Lauricella's program takes kids from enlistment to discharge and everything in between.

"We bring World War II to life for the students," he said.

Eighth-graders were treated to three programs -- the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, Allied soldiers from Russia and Britain, and German and U.S. soldiers.

The re-enactors explained battle fatigue, dressing for battle and key weapons used in battle.

Students tried on uniforms and held weapons from the era.

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