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
|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|
|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
|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|
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for a set of spurs and the title of "Colonel's Daughter," inspired by the 1882 novel by Capt. Charles E. King.
October 13 and 14, 2018
Fort Verde Days
Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with the Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars period re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game.
November 17, 2018
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135 will be hosting the annual flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2018.