A press release:
200 YEARS REMEMBERED
BICENTENNIAL OF THE BATTLES OF THE RIVER RAISIN
JANUARY 18TH -22ND
MONROE, Michigan. January 18th through the 22nd, 2013 River Raisin National Battlefield Park, in partnership with many organizations and the community, will commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the January 1813 Battles of the River Raisin that occurred during the War of 1812. "The War of 1812 was the first time the United States Congress exercised its powers to declare war and the Battles of the River Raisin resulted in the highest number of United States combat fatalities during any single day's battle during the entire war. It is a fitting and important time to remember the sacrifices that have been made by all of the individuals who have served in America's Armed Forces to ensure the sacred light of liberty in our nation continues to shine brightly," remarked Superintendent Bentley.
Beginning on January 18, 2013, park visitors will be able to obtain their free Battles of the River Raisin Bicentennial Passport to Your National Parks program cancelation stamp. This cancelation stamp will only be available from January 18, 2013 through January 18, 2014 and was made possible through a partnership with Eastern National and Monroe County Community College. The Bicentennial cancelation stamp along with the Battlefield's daily cancelation stamp will commemorate each visitor's journey to the Battlefield during the 200th anniversary. In addition to the commemorative cancelation stamp, a limited number of commemorative Bicentennial coins will also be available for only $5.00 at the Battlefield's Trading Post begging on January 18th and until the last one is gone.
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, nearly 300 re-enactors from the United States and Canada will participate in commemorative activities at the Battlefield that include tactical demonstrations, patriotic tributes and celebrations of peace. The battles typified the conflicting interest central to the war but, in the end, the killing and ransom of unprotected American prisoners galvanized America. The resulting polemical rally cry "Remember the Raisin" spurred America's successful re-taking of the Northwest Territories.
BICENTENNIAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19:
10:00: GENERAL WINCHESTER'S MARCH from the Sawyer Homestead, 320 E. Front St., to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, 1403 E. Elm Avenue
10:30: FLAG & WREATH CEREMONY River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, 1403 E. Elm Avenue
11:00: TACTICAL DEMONSTRATION musket & cannon fire at Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, 33 N. Dixie Hwy
NOON: "MICHIGAN AT WAR" showing of documentary by Dr. J. McConnell, Battlefield Visitor Center, 1403 E. Elm Avenue
1:00: "WIDDER'S LANDING" Kentucky historical novel by Eddie Price, Battlefield Visitor Center, 1403 E. Elm Avenue Sponsored by the Daughters of the War of 1812 Mr. Price is an acclaimed author from Kentucky who will be traveling to Monroe to share the powerful story of sacrifice and valor demonstrated by the many Kentuckians who served in the Battles of the River Raisin.
2:30: COMMEMORATION CEREMONY in honor of the soldiers from Kentucky, Memorial Place, 620 S. Monroe St.
3:30: "UNCORKING THE TRUTH" alcohol use in the war, by Brian Dunnigan, Monroe Museum, 126 S. Monroe St.
4:30: "NORTHWEST CAMPAIGNS" overview of the Great Lakes, by Dr. L. Nelson, Monroe County Historical Museum
3:30 & 7:00: "MUSICAL REMEMBRANCES" performances of period-inspired music by an international assembly of musicians and singers, Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. (Admission fee)
NOON, SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 : VETERANS' SALUTE TO THE FALLEN River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
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-