I had the privilege of working with 24 awesome high school students who wore the uniforms of American service men and women from the last 100 years. I’ve collected uniforms for a very long time, and this is the best, by far, way to display them! Walking in the parade for the 100th commemoration of the end of WWI was incredible. Yakima turned out in great numbers to honor our veterans. It was an awesome day!
Service of Supply is not just a business. It’s a personal collection, a way to honor our nation’s military veterans, and a vehicle for getting students involved in our patriotic history. Bryan Dibble collects uniforms of all eras and puts them to use for Veterans Day, demonstrations, living history displays, and much more. Students from our city eagerly volunteer to represent the military men and women of the past. Our group is called SERVE – Students Engaged in Re-creating Veteran’s Experiences. SERVE teaches students about the period of time they are representing. We meet veterans at the VFW and learn more about what they experienced in the service. Students who are wearing uniforms also are called upon to teach others, especially younger kids, what that uniform represents and who the people were called up to serve at that time in American history. Since the late 1990s, hundreds of students have worn the uniforms and “walked a step in their shoes.”
Years of War Journal is written by Selah School District students. We write an issue each week of the school year, 38 is the usual number. Not only do I run Service of Supply, I’m a history teacher. Go figure, huh. Like I say, like what you do, and do what you like!
We’ve been doing this since 2008. There are over 300 back issues to catch up on! You get a copy or two with every order from Service of Supply, but if you want to read more, here is a link to the school district page where the Years of War can be found. You can also email me and ask to be put on the email reminder list. A link is emailed to you each week when a new issue is posted. New issues are usually posted on Thursday night.