Forts to exhcange fire for war's bicentennial

December 30, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN—Fort Niagara and Fort George will bombard each other Sunday to mark the beginning of the bicentennial year for the War of 1812.

Ontario Lt.Gov. David C. Onley will hold a New Year’s Day levee at Fort George, on the Niagara River at Niagara-on- the-Lake, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

At 3 p.m., the Canadian artillery is to fire a salute, to which volunteer gunners at Fort Niagara will reply.

The event at Fort George will be open to the public, but Fort Niagara will not be open to visitors Sunday.

In 1812, the forts fired on each other for real, and the following year British troops captured Fort Niagara.

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