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For some, history never dies. In fact, they believe history can still teach us lessons to apply to everyday life.

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is working hard to make sure the history of 1775 isn’t forgotten. Through the Appleseed program, aptly named after Johnny Appleseed, the RWVA is teaching history through storytelling and marksmanship.

Appleseed instructors tell stories specifically from April 19, 1775. On this day, men, women and children from all walks of life raised arms against the British army during the Revolutionary War. They then take their students out to the gun range and teach them marksmanship that would’ve been taught during that period in time.

Head instructor Steven Smith said marksmanship was a building block of our nation’s evolution.

"Our founders, they all believed that they had to have a rifle and the tradition of rifle marksmanship started with the founders,” he said. “We teach the revolutionary war history and through the revolutionary war, the founders were able to give us our freedom and our individual liberty and the form of government that we have today."

The Appleseed program isn’t just for adults. It reaches out to children as well and often, families will participate as a bonding experience.

"When they come with their fathers or their mothers it’s just incredible to see because they are so happy and they take away a really good experience,” said Smith. “They end up loving the stories that we tell about April 19 1775 even as much as the marksmanship training."

Heather Sidler is the Shoot Boss with Appleseed and has been with the organization for two years. She says it’s working with people from all walks of life that keeps her coming back.

"You have all sorts of people coming out and they all bring something unique to the line,” she said. “It’s really been great to work with people from everywhere and all the age groups."

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