The Day I Met Lieutenant Reese
Last Monday, I came across quite an interesting individual on campus. I spotted him easily, because, well. . . he was rather oddly dressed. He wore a navy blue dress uniform with gold buttons lining the front. Gold fringe draped the shoulders, and his pants practically gleamed with pristine whiteness, tucked into a pair of black boots. A hat topped off his uniform, standing up smartly with a black bill almost covering the individual's eyes. Last, but probably most important, a sword hung from his hip, providing a resting place for his hand. This man looked as if he had just stepped out of one of my history books, right out of the chapter dealing with the War of 1812.
Who was this individual, you ask, and why was he dressed in such peculiar attire? Well, it's that time of year again--the annual history seminar produced by our talented history faculty. This year, Dr. John Reese put on a historical mono-drama entitled "Forged by Fire: the Saga of the Star Spangled Banner."
As my friends and I settled into our seats in the Dale Horton Auditorium, "Lieutenant Reese" transported us back two hundred years to the events leading to the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry and the penning of the words to our national anthem. History came alive through the clever presentation of the mono-drama with background objects such as a life-size cannon representation from the time period.
As Dr. Reese presented a glimpse of history to the audience, PCC made its own history by live-streaming the seminar for the first time. So, if you are a college student here who didn't make it to the seminar, or just a history buff interested in seeing a realistic perspective behind the writing of the national anthem, you can still view the event on the PCC website.0