|Vicki Lynn Kammeyer Rowe
Born: Sept.8, 1953
Went Home: March 3, 2016
She was always concerned if we would have enough food to give away, and if it would taste good enough for the men coming to our tent. "Some how" we always had plenty to share and it always tasted good. The soldiers would come in under the tent fly and always find enjoyable variety to go along with a tin can of refreshing lemonade or mint tea. For lunch we would put out slices of cheese, pepperoni & crackers -- a simple lunch for many a soldier who came by because Vicki did not want any of the guys to go hungry for lunch.
The sign we hang on the tent reads "Free Food for the Soldier. God bless You" and we mean it. If any reenactor hesitates or asks "how much?" our answer always is "God's love is free, so is this soldier! Come on in! Want something to eat? Some lemonade or mint tea?"
Vicki would spend days before an event baking and preparing. Some things could be baked ahead a few days. Other items had to be baked the day before to "taste just right". She would often stay up late baking. Or sewing on projects to be put out on the gift table for the men -- like draw string comfort bags or pocket handkerchiefs.
Set up was directed by her doing and giving directions at the same time. She was always thinking about how to do things efficiently while having room for the kids -- then grand kids -- in the tent and still be organized to feed the troops. She would periodically upgrade the coverings we would use to cover the serving tables, hay bales, food tables to get them to fit better/ look better. She enjoyed the challenge of being creative with sewing. But all that she did was for the goal of better serving those who would come to our tent; that they would feel welcome, that they would enjoy coming; that we would represent well the USCC delegates who served the soldiers during the Civil War.
Our children grew up learning to serve others at reenactments as well as in the churches we served in. They learned a lot from their mother's example. Vicki was an example to all who came to our tent of what the original Christian Commission Delegates were to the Civil War soldiers -- servants of others as they served Jesus Christ.
Through Vicki's love and compassion reenacting the USCC has been for us a positive family experience of serving others while exploring history. She has fed thousands of strangers over the years on many a battlefield. As I said at the Reenactor Memorial Service: "Vicki loves you guys, and Jesus loves you even more."