Re: Ft. Niagara 1812 event & border crossing
RE: War of 1812 British Garrison
1BNAR change of Command Parade
September 29-30, 2001
Old Fort Niagara
----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug DeCroix" <d_squared6@...>
> I have just gotten off the phone with U.S. Customs officials at the
> Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, regarding the number of Canadians who plan to
> cross into the U.S. with flintlocks for our upcoming event. Here is what
> have so far . . .
> The initial indication from the U.S. officials is that this will not, I
> repeat, NOT be a problem. I will get the final word from U.S. bridge
> supervisor Pete Garringer tomorrow and will pass on additional information
> after that. I just wanted to get the word out ASAP.
> Canadian reenactors coming to Old Fort Niagara will probably want to bring
> copy of the invitation (please make copies for your unit members) and any
> Canadian weapons paperwork which you may have. Also, of course, if you
> happen to have U.S. paperwork, this will not hurt. We will be sending the
> bridge documentation from our end, so that they will be aware of the
> At this point, I would recommend using the Lewiston bridge if possible, as
> that is where we are placing the most emphasis with our information
> dissemination. For your additional convenience, your Customs service has
> website which lists current bridge traffic times. It seems to be updated
> fairly frequently. The address is: <ccra-adrc.gc.ca> This will give you
> main menu-- you then click on "Border Wait Times" to get the listing.
> As most of you have probably guessed by now, this means that we WILL be
> going ahead with the program as planned. Some folks have expressed
> over issues of taste in continuing with our plans. I would like to go on
> record as saying on behalf of Old Fort Niagara that we fully respect those
> feelings and will understand if individuals make whatever choice they are
> comfortable with (that's what freedom is about after all). However, we
> that, particularly as the grant we have received for the program was
> designed specifically to promote international unity and cooperation, it
> will be sending a louder message to continue with our plans. We hope
> everyone understands our motivation and are not offended by our decision.
> For those who have not heard, our meal plan for the weekend will be to
> provide breakfast both days and supper on Saturday (planning for a 5:00
> meal) so that folks can prepare for the tactical which begins at 7:30PM.
> You will be on your own for lunch. The ladies which have once again
> graciously offered to provide our meal prep have come up with a lovely
> for supper and are requesting that units bring a large Dutch oven for each
> eight (8) people who attend. Also plan on bringing plates, bowls,
> I know this is a long note, but I hope that everyone bears with it. Thank
> you all for your support and understanding over the last week. It means
> more than you can know. I am very much looking forward to seeing so many
> close friends very soon.
> Douglas DeCroix
> Director of Interpretation
> Old Fort Niagara
> PS: Could those with the technology please see that others with internet
> connections receive a copy of this? Alas our technology here is somewhat
> limited, as is my list of addresses. Thank You.
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