Hundreds of area students learned a little more about history in an exciting way while taking part in the "Remembering Our Heroes" School Day event at Fort Oglethorpe's 6th Cavalry Museum.

The two-day event gave students from Catoosa and Walker counties the opportunity to not only learn about military history, but allowed them to do so from a number of fine actors portraying historical figures.

According to Museum Director Chris McKeever, this was the seventh year of the event, which is made possible through the museum's partnership with the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (C&CNMP).

"The students spend half their time with us and half the time at the park learning about the Civil War," McKeever explained. "The kids have a great time with it. We had 1,200 students from Catoosa and Walker counties."

While at the museum, students got the chance to learn about history from different actors portraying various military members throughout history. The event featured an exhibit about Sgt. Alvin York, a female speaker discussing the role women played in World War I, and a World War I soldier explaining the Army's use of horses and mules during wartime.

McKeever says the event is a great way for students to get a better understanding of history outside of what they read in a classroom.

"The importance and why the museum does School Day is to bring our local military history and heritage to life for the kids," she said. "Living historians present what the kids need to learn according to Georgia curriculum standards, answer questions, let them see artifacts, wear authentic uniforms and get the kids thinking about why history is important."

Best of all, the whole experience is free to the students involved.

"The museum doesn't charge a field trip fee and we, along with the C&CNMP, provide bus grants so that this exciting day of hands on learning is free to attend," McKeever said. "This is an exciting field trip that actively engages the boys and girls. I look forward to School Day every year and our living historians can't wait to come back."

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.