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Fort Brown bicentennial this Saturday
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:47 PM


By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

FORT BROWN – On June 29, Fort Brown will be celebrating its bicentennial Saturday, June 29 with a ceremony and the dedication of a bench. The event is being held to commemorate the days over 200 years ago when soldiers of the War of 1812 served here under one flag.

Fort Brown has changed quite a bit in the last few months as they prepare for the event. A split rail fence has been put up along the Little Auglaize by Boy Scout member, Tristan Knott, as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The Oakwood Arbor of the Gleaners Life Insurance Society has also helped with sprucing up the area and the new bench, donated by The Jacob Stemple Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812, will be set in place this week. The cement bench was being made by Homier’s Monumental of Defiance.

Fort Brown is set on the banks of the confluence of the Auglaize and the Little Auglaize rivers. The fort is still in a quiet, rural setting with both rivers visible from the 1812 monument placed at the site in 1953.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. with the presentation of colors, followed by the invocation given by pastor of the Melrose United Methodist Church, Eileen Kochensparger.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by member Charlene Hawk and the American’s Creed by member Karen Bennett.

The Oakwood Community Band will play and member Gloria Fast will give the welcome and introduction.

Acknowledgments will be given by member Helen Maddock, followed by the Laying of Wreaths. Participating in the Laying of Wreaths will be: Jacob Stemple Chapter NSD 1812, Fort Defiance Chapter DAR, General Horatio N. Curtis Chapter DAR, Joel Frost Chapter DAR, Isaac Van Wart Chapter DAR and Centennial Chapter SAR.

The speaker for the day will be Richard Rozevink, a Defiance historian. He will be introduced by member Gladys Donson.

After Rozevink speaks, the new memorial bench will be dedicated.

Participating in the dedication are members Miriam Fetters, Jean Henze, Carla Smith and Joan Stripe.

The new bench will be unveiled by members Kathleen Foust and Jackie Lynch.

The Oakwood Community Band will play and the benediction will be given by Pastor Eric Dailey of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church.

“Taps,” played by the Oakwood Community Band, will finish out the program.

Those attending the program at Fort Brown are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs as there are no seating arrangements at the site.

Attendees can also get into the spirit of the event by dressing in the era attire.

An 1812-style lunch will be available immediately following at the Oakwood Community Park.