Niagara Gazette

May 23, 2013

Soldiers Through the Ages returns to Fort Niagara this weekend

Staff reports
Night & Day

Night & Day — On Memorial Day weekend, Old Fort Niagara will showcase the region’s military history from the 17th through the 20th centuries with a special event called “Soldiers through the Ages.”

Activities will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday with a colors ceremony presented by the Lewiston-Porter High School Air Force Junior ROTC. This ceremony will raise the Fort’s reproduction 24-by-28 foot 1812 Flag in commemoration of the American attack on neighboring Fort George, May 25, 1813.

Other activities will include military music featuring the Fort’s Regimental Field Music, artillery and musket demonstrations and a special display of World War Two and Korean War era vehicles by the Military Vehicle Museum of Greater Rochester.

Visitors will also explore period military camps, experience soldiers rations through time and witness the evolution of military weaponry from the days of LaSalle through World War Two.

At 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, the Fort will present a special 1812 Bicentennial tour focusing on the capture of Fort George 200 years ago.

Living History programs will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday, Memorial Day, at 11 a.m., a special memorial service will be held at the Fort Niagara Military Cemetery by the Lake Ontario Post 313 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

More information, including a schedule of specific activities, is available at www.oldfortniagara.org.

Schedule of activities 10 a.m. Saturday -- Colors Ceremony. Raising the 1812 Flag on the 200th anniversary of the Attack on Fort George 10:30 a.m. -- Musket demonstration 11 a.m. -- Military music 11:30 a.m. -- Musket demonstration Noon -- Artillery demonstration 1 p.m. -- Uniforms through the Ages 1:30 p.m. -- Musket demonstration 2 p.m. -- Special tour- The Capture of Fort George, May 25-27, 1813 3 p.m. -- Weapons demonstration 4 p.m. -- Military music 4:30 p.m. -- Retreat