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Local history lovers relive the early days of Mission San Luis Rey, support war wounded

OCEANSIDE — Reliving the Days of Mission San Luis Rey took attendees — who paid $50 to $500 per ticket — back in time with ballet folklorico dancing, a western shoot out and a country barbecue to raise money for the Armed Forces YMCA wounded warrior programs Oct. 11.
Councilman Jerry Kern, an auxiliary member of Oceanside Republication Women’s Federated that organized the event and a member of the Republican Party County Central Committee of San Diego, served as the master of ceremonies.
“They (Oceanside Republication Women’s Federation) do a lot of good work,” Kern said. “There are not a lot of provisions for families of wounded warriors. Programs at the YMCA provide them.”
In addition to good eats and entertainment the event also recognized local families who have been key contributors to developing the Oceanside pier, harbor and downtown. Harold Carpenter, John Steiger, former Sen. Bill Craven, Jack Thill, Dean Howe, L.C. Settle, Ben Weseloh, Bob Gleason, Marty Schroder, former Mayor Erwin Sklar, Louise Munoa Foussat and John Chauncey Hayes and the Hayes family were honored for their community contributions.
For all those dressed in cowboy hats and boots, the Code of the West historical re-enactment performance was an event highlight. The 13-member group re-enacted a true to history Dodge City bank robbery shoot-out. Characters in the skit were based on historical figures or fictitious characters that would have lived in the late 1800s.
“The pieces are straight out of history,” Wicked Red Thorn, a re-enactor that goes by her stage name, said. “The period is correct as we can be.”
To tell the story actors freeze, move in slow motion and burst out in song during the performance. “We use all the movie tricks,” Thorn said.
At the end of the performance a code to live by is shared. “Have faith in the will not to panic,” was the day’s message.