When asked critical questions about what it is they feel they're doing by reenacting, reenactors often see themselves as memorializing the soldiers of past wars. They see themselves as 'living historians', presenting the contemporary world with a fresher understanding of what soldiers of times past wore and how they lived. The reality, of course, is often a bit more complex: more often than not, reenactors are overweight or even morbidly obese, they can't or won't wear uniforms properly, their 'tactical' events can only be described as 'grown men playing army', and they would be laughed out of any real military organization in the world. But occasionally, we do see folks who do look the part and play the role with some knowledge and reverence. As a way of memorializing wars long past, do such people play a valid role? Or are they little better than the fat loser walts? And if they do have a role to play in memorializing wars which have no living veterans, is that role overshadowed by the majority of reenacting walts who seem to be hell-bent on making the hobby seem like a farce? What do you think?