Niagara Gazette — Dan Greg and Annette Melcher, of Niagara Falls, made the trip into the village to witness the event after hearing about the many stories while on the Marble Orchard Ghost Walk. Melcher said she needed to witness the event because of its historical significance.
"This is something that isn't going to repeat itself ever again," she said. "This is history in action. You can't talk about this tomorrow, this is something you have to experience."
The overall consensus from the pair was they were definitely impressed with the presentation. Lee Simonson, the event's chief organizer, also felt the event was a massive success.
"Lewiston has outdone itself," he said.
Like those in the crowd who realized the significance of remembering the beginning of the battle, Simonson said the importance comes in its timing.
"Something like this won't be seen again for at least another 100 years," he said. "This is something that's very difficult to duplicate."
Events commemorating the battle continue tomorrow, both in Lewiston and across the border. In Canada, a group of five buses full of re-enactors will "invade" the country from the U.S. and participate in a battle, which they'll eventually lose.
Locally, events are detailed in a schedule available online at www.historiclewiston.org.