Monday, December 3, 2012

Top 12 of 2012 - Number 5:Fort Laurens

Number 5 on the top 12 of 2012 is one of my favorite local events at one of my favorite local sites.  Fort Laurens, located in Bolivar, OH, stood as the only fort built by the early Americans in the area that is now the State of Ohio.  Its short but intense history is part of the American story.  Today on the site stands a museum dedicated to telling the story of the fort.  There is also a Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution.  Like at Arlington, this tomb is dedicated to someone known only to God but that soul was someone that was stationed at this fort and was an American Patriot.  Each year in July, a group of dedicated local historians meet at the site to have an encampment.  Both American and the British are represented.  Each afternoon during the event, a special salute is held at the Tomb to recognize those that sacrificed their lives in our nations early history.  The event is topped off by a "battle" on the field displaying fighting techniques and tactics of both sides.  Always a great event and something I hope more and more people come and witness.  This is an important part of our American story and I'm lucky enough to live just down the road.

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