KINGSTON, Ontario – Fort Henry will welcome the Battle Color Detachment of the United States (U.S.) Marine Corps from 8th and I Barracks, Washington, D.C. for two performances on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018 starting at 7:00 pm. The high profile evening ceremonials will feature the Battle Color Detachment performing alongside the Fort Henry Guard. The ceremony on August 18, 2018 will happen on the same day as the two units first met 64 years ago in 1954.

The evening’s performance by the Marine Corps is comprised of three units. The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as ‘The Commandant’s Own’, fill the parade square with bold, big brass songs and traditional marches, with uniquely choreographed drill movements. The Silent Drill Platoon performs a unique precision drill. With fixed bayonets atop their M-1 rifles, an intricate drill routine is performed completely without any verbal commands, including rifles flying through the air directly into the hands of opposing Marines. The rifle inspector highlights this performance with an unrivalled review of his Marines. Finally, The Official Colors are the Battle Colors of the Marine Corps, with 54 streamers and silver bands on the Battle Color commemorating the over 400 military campaigns in which the Marines have participated. It is a marvel to see the U.S. career soldiers matched with the student Fort Henry Guard.

“Fort Henry showcases an important part of Ontario’s history and has been an integral part of tourism in the area for the past 80 years. Special programming like this visit from the United States Marine Corps draws tourists to Ontario and contributes to the local economy. Congratulations to Fort Henry for bringing this exciting event to the community.”
—Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The St. Lawrence Parks Commission and Fort Henry are honoured to host the United States Marine Corps from Washington D.C. this year. Fort Henry celebrates 80 years as a historic site, and the 25th anniversary of women in the guard in 2018 and it seems appropriate for us to share these milestones with the Marine Corps. This event is always a solid example of international goodwill between our two countries.”
– Ronald Holgerson, Interim General Manager & CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended as this event may sell-out. Tickets for either evening performance may be purchased online, anytime, at www.forthenry.com, or at Fort Henry admissions between the hours of 9:45 am and 4:30 pm.

Admission fees are as follows: adults (13 to 64 years) $29.95; youth (5 to 12 years) and seniors (65 years and above) $24.95; children under 5 years of age are free. Limited balcony seating is available for $40 per person. Prices are plus HST. For more information about the event, group rates, dinner and show packages, contact the Customer Service team at 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 (locally).

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The 64-year long performance partnership between Fort Henry and the U.S. Marine Corps has often been described as a fine example of the strong and enduring friendship between the U.S. and Canada. The relationship between the Marines and Fort Henry dates to August 18th, 1954, in recognition of the fourteenth anniversary of the Ogdensburg Agreement, a document binding the Nations of Canada and the U.S. in the joint defence of North America. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Fort Henry Guard met at the international border between the spans of the U.S. and Canadian bridges, shaking hands across their borders and beginning a friendship between the two groups that has endured for the past 64 years.

The British built Fort Henry during the War of 1812 (1812-14) when Canada was still a British colony. Fort Henry was rebuilt between 1832 and 1838 on the same site as the first and is the one you see today. This year, Fort Henry celebrates its 80th anniversary of its opening as a historic site in 1938, and the 25th anniversary of women in the Fort Henry Guard. Fort Henry’s friends from the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. recently called with the offer to visit Fort Henry for a special performance August 18 and 19, 2018.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission operates facilities in 16 municipalities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kingston Penitentiary Tours, Skywood Eco Adventure, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 14 campgrounds and beaches including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkways.

Susan Le Clair
Manager, Customer Service & Corporate Communications
St. Lawrence Parks Commission
TEL 613-543-3704 ext. 2496
CELL 613-362-4243
EMAIL: susan.leclair@parks.on.ca

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328

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