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Battle of Aiken benefits CSRA

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The Battle of Aiken wrapped up its annual three-day reenactment. Despite the bad weather the last couple of days, many said the fundraiser was still a success.

"If we don't know where we come from, how can we ever know where we are going?" said Commander Wayne Jones, Sons of the Confederate Veterans.  

A motto Wayne Jones lives by, to share the history and heritage of the civil war. Jones is known as the commander or one of the coordinators of the Battle of Aiken, an event that has brought 19th century culture and tradition back to the CSRA for the last 18 years.

"It's a chance for us to share our history, teach and educate," said Jones.  

Education is one of the main purposes of the event.  Money raised supports local charitable groups. People from all over the U.S. participate, including cadets from The Citadel.

"We are not forced to come out here and do this, this is something we all come out to do because we all love history and we all love preserving our heritage and we don't want people to forget who we are and where we came from," said Cadet Cpl. Matthew Williamson.  

An experience that everyone benefits from, spectators enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment education by actors who want to continue to pass down the nation's history from generation to generation.

It's an event that reaches beyond the battlefield.

"We know that financially it's an influx on a good weekend here of somewhere between three and six million dollars to the CSRA," said Jones.  

The battle brings people from all over the world to Aiken. With that in mind, nothing was going to stop the soldiers from using their guns and canons.

"The weather was iffy but we were going to do it because we play rain or shine," said Jones.  

A factor that barely affected this year's turnout.  

Money raised will support three charities, the Sam Davis Youth Camp, a junior ROTC scholarship, and one other they will choose based on need.

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