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Re-enactments to highlight Ti events

TICONDEROGA History will live in Ticonderoga the next few weeks as the community hosts the 250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War Commemoration. A series of events in the town and at Fort Ticonderoga, the commemoration has been designated a signature event by state tourism officials. Ticonderoga is going to be a very busy place, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. The community is fortunate to have all these activities. Events will start Thursday, June 26, and conclude Tuesday, July 8. The arrival of General Henry Knox and General George Washington will start the commemoration Thursday, June 26. Historical actors from the American Historical Theatre will be available 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and each will give a 30-minute pres-entation at the Bicentennial Park under the gazebo. The gentlemen will compare and contrast their war tactics and experiences on the Fort Ti parade ground at 1 p.m. A military skirmish will reenact the death of Lord Howe Friday, June 27, in Bicentennial Park. British troops will march from their position at Ti High School down Montcalm Street at 5 p.m. and will meet French foes at 6 p.m. Dedrick said about 700 re-enactors are expected to take part. June 27 will also mark the beginning of the three-day Grand Encampment at Fort Ticonderoga. The encampment will feature military village set up as they were in the 18th Century detailing the chores associated with camp life, demonstrations of battle preparations, stories, music and more in the British, French and the Indian camps. Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, the Battle of Carillon will be re-enacted at 2 p.m. each day. The Battles should last 90 minutes. With Ethan Allens capture in 1775, Fort Ticonderoga became the first victory of the American Revolution. Readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day highlight July 4th at the fort with performances by the Fife & Drum Corps. Though not officially part of the 250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War Commemoration, the town of Ticonderoga will also mark Independence Day with its annual Best Fourth in the North celebration July 2-5 in Bicentennial Park. Fort Ticonderoga will host a Day of Scots Saturday, July 5. The event will honor the fallen Black Watch soldiers and to all who have served and fought for America. All members of the military, retired and active, are invited to join with St. Andrews Societies, Clan representatives and members of the Society of Colonial Wars in the procession that begins on the fort parade ground at 1:30 p.m. and proceeds to the Scottish Cairn for the ceremonies. The public is asked to join in this memorial. The new Mars Education Center will be dedicated at Fort Ticonderoga Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. It will also be the opening of the Face of War, Tragedy and Triumph at Ticonderoga, 1758-1759. Its the first new exhibit at the fort in many years. The Mars Center is a reincarnation of the French magasin du Roi where the provision, including the armory, were kept. It was blown up in 1759 by its own troops as they retreated from the advancing British. The 250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War Commemoration will conclude with the French Victory Celebration at Fort Ticonderoga Tuesday, July 8. A procession from the parade grounds to the Montcalm Cross will take place at 1:30 p.m. and programs highlighting French heritage and culture will be ongoing inside the fort.

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