MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Starting this June, Minneapolis is getting its very own Cold War reenactment. The roughly 45 year long mega-event, funded by an anonymous Cold War enthusiast, is slated to revive all of the events of the war every day until 2062, when a mock “Berlin wall” separating Minneapolis and St. Paul will be torn down and the two sides are reunited.
James Torres, a long-time war reenactor and organizer of this event, tells us that that the next half century in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area will be one to look forward to.
“The part we’re most excited about is the interactive aspect of it. With other war reenactments, there’s a clear split between those acting out the war and those who are spectating. With this though, we’ve introduced a whole new dimension for spectators to join in the fun.”
“The biggest activity that spectators can participate in will be building nearly 65,000 nuclear bombs over several decades and dismantling them over a few more,” Torres tells us. “Kids especially will have fun helping either the Soviets or the US build up their arsenal or, at one of our camps in the summer, young people can build their own mini nukes to take home!”
Another activity to look forward to at around the 15 year mark of the reenactment will be a wall that will divide Minneapolis and St.Paul. Jason Stanley, the actor set to play Ronald Reagan in the recreation of the famous speech at Brandenburg Gate, says he’s excited for the wall in particular. “I’ve got until 2059 to practice that speech, and I think I’ve got it down pretty good!”
The several times both sides have come close to accidentally annihilating themselves will also be reproduced and according to the organizers, will be just as scary as the real life counterparts.
“We use real nukes and real machinery which give the whole thing a level of authenticity that will help sell the illusion to spectators,” Torres told us today.
This reenactment will be a nice enhancement to the Twin Cities area and will go along perfectly with the planned Iraq War reenactment on the outskirts of Minneapolis.