River Raisin National Battlefield Media Alert
For Release: April 17, 2013
Contact: Scott J. Bentley, Superintendent or
Daniel D. Downing, Chief of Interpretation, Education & Operations
United States Congressmen John D. Dingell and Tim Walberg to Celebrate National Park week with several special announcements at River Raisin National Battlefield Park along with 400 School Students
MONROE, Michigan. Superintendent Scott J. Bentley announced today that River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be celebrating the start of National Park Week with the help of United States Congressmen John D. Dingell and Tim Walberg on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 10 a.m.! The Congressmen will be joined by representatives of the National Park Foundation, DTE Energy, the Community Foundation of Monroe County, the Monroe County Bicentennial Committee, and Michigan Gas Utility for several special announcements! Following the special announcements, 10 educators from Monroe and Wayne County along with 400 school students will be recognized and the United States Postal Service will unveil a limited edition collectors U.S. Postal Service Postmark and Remembrance Envelope (called a cachet) commemorating the bicentennial of the Battles of the River Raisin. The collectors Postmark will be available at the Battlefield following the 10 a.m. program and until 1 p.m. that day. The public is encouraged to attend the unveiling and to bring their mail to the Battlefield to be postmarked for this single day issue Postmark. Only 400 of the collectors Cachet's will be available for purchase at the Battlefield or Monroe Post Office. The collector's piece sells for $5.00 and will never again be available. Also attending the event will be artists Tim Kurtz and Darlene Belair who donated the artwork for the commemorative pieces.
Everyone is encouraged to come out to Remember the sacrifices of America's Armed forces, to support area educators and students and to take part in this special day in history as Southern Michigan and Northern Ohio celebrate National Park week at their newest National Battlefield Park!
Authorized in 2009 and established in October of 2010 as America's Newest National Battlefield Park, River Raisin National Battlefield Park remembers, commemorates, preserves and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath. Although American forces were victorious in the first battle, the second ended in the most disastrous defeat for the U.S. during the war; a devastating loss that included mass killing of the wounded. One of the most historically significant event to emerge from the battles was the cry, "Remember the Raisin!" which persuaded forces to fight successfully at the Battle of the Thames later that year. The American victory at the Battle of the Thames sealed the War of 1812 in the western theater for the Americans; however, it claimed the life of the great Shawnee leader Chief Tecumseh. -NPS-
Scott J. Bentley
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
1403 East Elm Avenue
Monroe, Michigan 48162
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