The event has been run for a number of years by the North Devon Veterans Association, and came to Barnstaple for the first time this week. Around 1,500 students from all around North Devon went to learn about different battle from the last century and beyond, and even got up close and personal with Army vehicles and helicopters. There were a number of displays and re-enactments, and veterans were on-hand to bring everything to life. The free event is open to the public on Saturday. The exhibition was opened by Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon. I think its fantastic, he said. What I really like is the juxtaposition of young people at one end and the veterans at the other. Seeing the respect the children give and seeing them wide-eyed and interested is wonderful. North Devon Veterans Association chairman David Gilbody said: Its been an unbelievable amount of work but its well worth it. It keeps the kids informed and they need to know about these wars.