History of the Soldier

Fort Verde State Historic Park

April 8 - 9, 2017   Sat. 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sun. 9:00am - 2:00pm

Fort Verde State Historic Park will honor veterans at its annual "History of the Soldier" event April 8-9. Through living history interpretation, the park will honor the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice of the military men and women from the Armed Forces of all eras. We invite veterans from around the state to attend this event.

At 1pm on Saturday, Arizona's State Historian Marshall Trimble will provide an entertaining and informative appearance. Visitors will also experience military encampments through a living history timeline from all war eras. Other activities will include flag raising ceremonies and special memorial services as well as the drill calls, colors and retreat, the firing of the cannon and Gatling gun, and military tactics and demonstrations, all performed as part of the event. Don't forget to stop by the Dutch Oven Cookshack to see demonstrations held throughout the day.

Experience a military timeline of our history, from the Revolutionary War to present day. Presentations, military drills, fashion show and a period church service Sunday morning. Camps, cannon and soldiers will all be at this annual event.






Admission for this event:

  • Adults (14+) - $7
  • Youth (7-13) - $4
  • Kids (6-) - FREE!


Saturday, April 8


• Flag Raising Ceremony
• National Anthem
• Al Raitano Artillery demo

9:30am Drill Call
10:00am Artillery demo
11:00am Military presentation
11:30am The Navajo Code explained
Noon • Historic Geopolitics of America's
    Involvement in WWII
• Dutch Oven Demonstration
   (lunch available for $8 donation)
1:00pm Feature Presentation - Marshall Trimble, State Historian
1:30pm Drill Call
2:00pm Artillery demo/military presentation
3:00pm Military Timeline Fashion Show (COQ)
4:45pm • Drill call
• Artillery demonstration
5:00pm Colors and retreat

Sunday, April 9

8:30am Dutch Oven Demonstration (volunteer breakfast at Cook Shack)


• Flag Raising Ceremony
• National Anthem
• Al Raitano (COQ)

9:30am Drill Call
10:00am 1880's Period Church Service (COQ)
11:00am The Navajo Code explained
Noon Dutch Oven Demonstration (volunteer lunch at Cook Shack)
12:30pm Victorian Tea (Museum)
1:00pm Battle of Big Dry Wash
2:00pm Colors and retreat


Download the 2017 event schedule.