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Roger Cooper shows a future recruit the intricacies of the Brown Bess musket

Must be a low flying British plane in the area.

Impromptu manual of arms

Don't try this at home - priming the pan involves ripping open paper cartridges with your teeth. Yum!

Before loading, it's good to run the ramrod down the barrel to make sure there's not a load in there already.

Our youngest recruit, Trey Johnson, gets a quick refresher in being a flag bearer for the National Colors.

Waiting for the official ribbon-cutter to start us all off.

And they're off!

Looks like Trey learned the lesson well.

The pied (or is it pie-eyed) pipers have emptied the park.

Here's one that's not in many drill manuals. When the parade marshall signalled a shift from street to sidewalk, we did a - what else? "Column of files to the right by twos from the center, MARCH"

And of course the official starting gun(s) of the walk, captured by a local news photographer.

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