Fort Henry hosts United States Marine Corps from Washington, D.C. - August 15 and 16

    KINGSTON, ON, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - "It's a unique, world class, red, white and
blue event and the performance highlight of the 2009 season", said Bryan
Mercer, A/Director of Marketing and Special Events at the St. Lawrence Parks
Commission, of the upcoming United States Marine Corps visit in early August.
"Fort Henry events have been well attended this year and we have no doubt this
patriotic event will be a near sell out. Since this event is presented every
other year now, guests truly anticipate it. When you place career soldiers
beside college and university students, and witness the equitable level of
performance, it makes you so proud. You should hear the crowd react!"
    The high profile two-evening ceremonials will be presented by the St.
Lawrence Parks Commission on Saturday and Sunday evening, August 15 and 16 at
7:00 o'clock, as the Battle Color Detachment of the United States Marine Corps
from Washington, D.C. perform beside the Fort Henry Guard. This year's event
is proudly sponsored by the Springer Family of Kingston, operating the
Radisson Hotel, the Days Inn and the new Holiday Inn Express, with fireworks
finales on both evenings sponsored by Rogers Wireless Kingston.
    Pat Macdonald, General Manager and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks
Commission, says this event generates a high level of enthusiasm for both
visitors and staff. "This is a jewel in the Fort Henry event crown," said Ms.
Macdonald. This is the event our entire staff has been working towards all
season. We're celebrating 55 years of international friendship with The United
States Marine Corps and 47th time the two units have performed joint
ceremonies. As always, pride and precision push the performances to incredible
levels and yes, even a bit of competition adds a spark. It's a solid example
of international goodwill and a long-standing professional relationship that's
been expertly nurtured. We're extremely honoured to host the USMC from
Washington D.C. this year at Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site."
    Mark Bennett, Program Supervisor at Fort Henry describes the evening's
performance components. "The Marine Corps is comprised of three units," says
Bennett. "The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, known as 'The Commandant's
Own', fill the parade square with bold brass and big bass songs and
traditional marches, with uniquely choreographed drill movements. The Silent
Drill Platoon performs a precision drill unique in the entire world. 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. And
finally, The Official Colors are the Battle Colors of the Marine Corps, with
54 streamers and silver bands on the Battle Colour commemorating the over 400
military campaigns in which The Marines have participated. It's a marvel to
see the U.S. career soldiers matched with our student Fort Henry Guard."
    The Fort Henry Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps hold a special competition
each year that began in 1977 called The Gunner's Gun, held this year, on
Monday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Henry. This competition consists of a
race between Armstrong Gun detachments from each faction. The object is to
fire three shots as safely and quickly as possible, the winners winning the
best two out of three heats. "This competition is taken very seriously by both
teams," said Bennett. "A friendly rivalry has evolved over the years, seasoned
with some bragging rights and a trophy to take home. The 2007 Gunner's Gun
champions were the Fort Henry Guard".
    Tickets for either evening performance may be purchased on line at or at both Tourist Information Offices (City Hall or Fort
Henry Hill), the Radisson Hotel, the Days Inn, Holiday Inn or at Admissions at
Fort Henry. Please note, unlike the regular Sunset Ceremony performances, The
Marines performances begin at 7:00 P.M. SHARP. Admission prices for this event
are adults $20; seniors $19; students 13-18 $17; children 3-12 $14 and
children 2 and under FREE. For more program, event or site information, please
call 613-542-7388 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or visit
    The Garrison Stores have been merchandised with newly branded Fort Henry
apparel, one of-a-kind gifts, books on the Rideau Canal and other historic
sites, quality souvenirs, unique toys, DVDs and much more. Guests are invited
to visit the new Photo Studio before the show. Also available is the option to
shop for selected items on line at
    Located at the junction of Highways 2 and 15 (Exit 623 off Highway 401
then south on Highway 15, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada is
managed by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of
Ontario, which also operates Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, a migratory
bird sanctuary, marina and golf course and 12 campground and day-use areas
stretching from the Ontario-Quebec border in the east to the 1000 Islands
Parkway in the west.

For further information:

For further information: Bryan Mercer, A/Director of Corporate Marketing
and Development, (613) 542-7388,

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