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47381May 17, River Raisin National Battlefield open house announcement

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  • yawors1
    May 14, 2014

      Star Spangled Banner on Display


      MONROE, Michigan.— Superintendent Scott J. Bentley is pleased to announce that the River Raisin National Battlefield Park during its annual Open House Event this Saturday May 17th, will also be displaying a 15 Star and 15 stripe flag replica of the “Star Spangled Banner” that was actually flown over Fort McHenry.

      September 13-14, 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry while being held under British guard on an American truce ship in the Patapsco River. When he seen the flag still flying over the Fort the next morning, he was inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."


      The oversized flag, which was presented to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park by the Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield at the Bicentennial of the Battle of the River Raisin in 2013, was sent to Fort McHenry National Monument and Memorial, and flown this year to commemorate their Bicentennial year. This flag has now been flown at two of the National Parks that are devoted to battles of the War of 1812.


      A REMINDER—The Park will celebrate a Spring Open House on Saturday, May 17th from 10am  to 4pm.  and will also be participating in The National Park Trust  “Kids to Parks Day”.  Kids to Parks Day is a nation-wide day to encourage outdoor play and is taking place on May 17th.   The National Park Trust and mascot Buddy Bison encourage kids to get out and go explore their local, state and national parks and public lands to discover science, history and tons of fun outdoor recreation opportunities.

      Events throughout the day include living history encampment, military weapons display, open fire cooking, period food display, herbal medicine display, storytelling, bicycle safety training and much more! 

      Bike Safety for ages 8 and up will take place at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm.  There is a limit of 20 participants for each session.   Advanced registration is required.  Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize in each session! 

       Archaeology field school is scheduled for 11am and 2pm.  Black powder firing demonstrations will be at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.  Military Drills and Children’s Mini Militia at 1pm and 3pm.  Visitor Center is open from 9am-5pm.

      Sponsored by the Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield in cooperation with the National Park Service, River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation, National Park Foundation and the National Park Trust.  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-

      Shawna Mazur
      River Raisin National Battlefield Park
      1403 E. Elm Ave.
      Monroe, MI. 48162
      (734) 243-7136