From Former Quigley Supporter:
14th Congressional District Update 7/3/19
Civil War Days and 14th Congressional District Candidate Anthony Catella
Monday’s Northwest Herald included a Local History column by Kurt Begalka titled “Let’s be civil when it comes to the Civil War”.
This column has to do with the Lake County Forest Preserve Commission’s late June decision to cancel the Civil War Days held annually at the Lakewood Forest Preserve just east of Wauconda over “safety concerns”.
Begalka’s closing paragraph to his column bears repeating:
“History isn’t pretty – be it the death of 6 million Jews in Nazi concentration camps, the implementation of Jim Crow laws in the South or heinous mass shootings of more recent times. But for us to learn from these mistakes we, as a society, need to talk about it.
“History needs to be in our face in order for us to face it.”
Battlefield reenactments or live pageants with real people in period clothes is something historical enthusiasts do to honor the soldiers who have participated in the wars in the history of our nation.
Whether it’s the Civil War, the World Wars, Korea or Vietnam, the live pageants of these battlefield reenactments provides a very unique way to teach history, literally bringing it to life.
There is a 14thcongressional district connection to Civil War reenactments.
It’s not only because the Lakewood Forest Preserve is within the boundaries of the 14th district.
The connection is one of the candidates has participated in reenactments and his perspective could prove useful.
The candidate is Anthony Catella.
Catella is the only 14th district candidate with military service, having served in the 1990s in the Army as a member of the Military Police Corps, including deployment to Europe as part of Operation Joint Endeavor, the NATO peacekeeping after the Balkans Civil War.
After overseas duty, he was stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana and after leaving the Army in 1999, he transferred to the Army Reserve.
He was called back to active duty a month after the 9/11 attacks and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas for 10 months, where he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant.
He did not see overseas duty after his time at Ft. Hood, and after leaving Texas he returned to Illinois to enter Seminary while attaining the rank of captain in the Army Reserve.
After leaving the Army Reserve and serving in the priesthood until early 2015, Catella returned to St. Charles.
During the St. Charles Memorial Day parade that year, he marched in a union uniform.
My Suburban Life wrote:
“Civil War re-enactor Anthony Catella marched with the 8th Illinois Calvary in the parade.
“This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. ‘I grew up loving parades and military ceremonies and honoring our country and those who served,’ Catella said.
“Catella said he wasn’t bothered by the rain, saying ‘it’s nothing compared to what the real Civil War soldiers endured.’ Catella’s uniform caught the attention of those attending the parade and Memorial Day ceremony.
“‘It’s fun educating the public,’ he said.
“‘And you get to feel what it was like to be a soldier of a particular period.’”
Later in 2015, Catella participated in the Civil War reenactment held near Channahon again wearing the blue of the union. This reenactment was held on private land.
It is unknown if Catella participated in the Civil War Days in Lake County in previous years since returning to Illinois in 2015, or any other battlefield reenactment.
Given what he said in his 2015 comments, participation in these battlefield reenactments is a unique way to teach history and a tribute to the servicemen and women who served our country.
Let’s remember these brave men and women who have and continue to serve our country as we celebrate Independence Day and every day of the year.
My Suburban Life 2015 Link: https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2015/05/25/st-charles-memorial-day-parade-goes-on-despite-rain/asmst1h
Morris Herald-News Photos Channahon 2015 Link: https://www.morrisherald-news.com/lists/2015/10/18/fb46625181214f1c94b91c7e02ae59f9/index.xml?page=1
Sauk Valley News WWII 5/2017 Link: https://www.saukvalley.com/2017/05/20/world-war-comes-to-life-in-oregon/anurq05