Old Fort Niagara has announced its annual Soldiers through the Ages event has been set for Saturday, May 27th, and Sunday, May 28th. This two-day program highlights four centuries of military history through special exhibits and programs.
Historical reenactors will set up period camps throughout the fort spanning the 15th through the 21st centuries. Military vehicles from World War Two, Korea and the Vietnam War will be on display.
Visitors to the event will learn about how soldiers’ rations changed over the years. They will also learn about uniforms; from the days of red coats to camouflage; from cocked hats to helmets.
At 3 pm each day, the fort will present a comparative weapons program, tracing battlefield technology from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Visitors will experience firing demonstrations of Matchlock muskets, flintlocks, Civil War rifled muskets and M1 Garand rifles from World War II.
The event also includes concerts by Old Fort Niagara’s Fifes and Drums and a special display about women in the military from the 18th through the 21st centuries.
Fort Niagara is a fortification originally built by New France to protect its interests in North America, specifically control of access between the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, the easternmost of the Great Lakes. The fort is on the river’s eastern bank at its mouth on Lake Ontario
For more information, including a full schedule of events, click here.
Photo of soldiers through the ages provided.
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