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September 13, 2012

Aquarium, Fort Niagara offer Navy Week events

Niagara Gazette — The Aquarium of Niagara and Old Fort Niagara are joining Navy Week Buffalo festivities that have taken over the Buffalo Harbor this week.

Navy Week Buffalo is one of the signature events around the country which this year is commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. There are big ship visits, military band performances, parachuters and War of 1812 commemorations throughout the region and the two Niagara region attractions will be joining in with special events.

On Saturday, the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., will feature Navy divers swimming in the exhibition tank. There will also be several pieces of navy equipment in the parking lot, open to the public, free of charge. The divers will perform inside for visitors after each of the sea lion sessions at 10:30 a.m.,12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the diving team will be talking with visitors. In addition, any Navy personnel, past and present, with proper identification or in uniform, will be admitted at no charge..

Also on Saturday, at Old Fort Niagara, there will be a Joint Military Band Concert that will include the Navy Band Great Lakes; the US Marine Band, the Royal Canadian Navy Band and the US Coast Guard Historic Ship’s Company demonstration.  The concert begins at 6:00.

Those who visit the Buffalo Harbor this weekend will have a chance to tour the Naval and tall sailing ships, see historical and naval-themed presentations by military personnel. Also, in the sky over the region there will be Navy "Leap Frogs" parachuting locations in Western New York, including the Buffalo Zoo. 

There are 17 U.S. cities included this year in annual Navy Week celebrations. For more information visit www.buffalonavyweek.com. Navy Week concludes on Sunday.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Navy Week celebrations and commemorations of the Centennial of the War of 1812. WHERE: The Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, will feature Navy divers and Navy equipment in the parking lot. Outside activities are free WHERE: Fort Niagara, Youngstown presents a Joint Military Band Concert that will include the Navy Band Great Lakes; the US Marine Band, the Royal Canadian Navy Band and the US Coast Guard Historic Ship's Company demonstration. The concert begins at 6:00 MORE INFO: Aquarium can be reached at 285-3575. Old Fort Niagara can be reached at 745-7611. Or visit the web page for Navy Week at www.buffalonavyweek.com

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