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History Buff Will Kick Off Kaysville Celebration

History Buff Will Kick Off Kaysville Celebration



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Amanda Butterfield reporting Kaysville residents will wake up to a loud bang early Monday morning. It's part of their city's celebrations for the Fourth of July. For one Kaysville man, it's his favorite time of year.

Most every city has their own way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Usually it's a pancake breakfast, or a parade. But not every city has a man like Gregg Hansen, who is going to make this Fourth a blast from the past.

It takes a while for Gregg Hansen to become an officer dating back to 1777. His uniform was special ordered from back east. No detail was overlooked.

From head to toe, Gregg would have made a fine soldier in Knox's artillery.

He's even got a full scale reproduction of a light six pound cannon. That wasn't cheap.

"Over ten thousand dollars," he tells us. But he says it was worth every penny, "Because I love history."

His love affair started four decades ago when his eighth grade teacher described a battle scene.

Gregg Hansen/ History Buff: "He climbed on a table, the planes of Abraham. It was beautiful."

"Forty years later, I've fullfilled my dream," he says.

The proud owner of a cannon, Gregg knows everything about how it works. And it was cannons like these that helped make America free.

"It was used to support batallion, especially during the war for American independence."

And that's what Gregg hopes to teach residents of Kaysville early Monday morning, when for the first time, he lights this baby to kick off the celebrations.

Of course he'll be shooting blanks, but it will still be pretty loud.

"I have one 14-ounce. Charleston recreation, they shot one 14 ounce and shook the earth. I want to try."

And after the Fourth, Gregg will take his cannon to different competitions where he'll fire real cannon balls, just like an officer would have done back in 1777.

"People make history. We're making history now. It's just I'm reliving parts of it," he says.

Becasue of city codes, and the fact he didn't want to surprise his neighbors, Gregg never fired his cannon for us. But you can watch him do it Monday morning from Davis High School, live on Eyewitness News Today at 6 am.

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