KINGSTON –Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada is pleased to present the Battle Color Detachment of the United States Marine Corps from 8th and I Barracks, Washington, DC for two performances on Saturday August 19 and Sunday 20, 2017 starting at 7:00 pm. The relationship between the Marines and Fort Henry goes back to 1954 when the Marines first visited the Fort. This visit marked the anniversary of the Ogdensburg Agreement, which was signed by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister King, to bind the two nations in the joint defence of North America. Since that time, the two units have paraded together countless times both at Fort Henry and at Marine Barracks, Washington D.C.
The high profile two evening ceremonials will feature the Battle Color Detachment performing alongside the Fort Henry Guard. 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 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 Color 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 the student Fort Henry Guard.
“The SLPC and Fort Henry are honoured to host the United States Marine Corps from Washington D.C. this year. Past appearances have generated a high level of enthusiasm for both visitors and staff. St Lawrence Parks Commission considers the Marine Corps as a very special event, indeed, as we are now celebrating 63 years of friendship. The event is always a solid example of international goodwill.” – Ronald Holgerson, Interim General Manager & CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended as this event will sell-out. A limited number of VIP balcony seats are available on Sunday at $40 per person. Tickets for either evening performance may be purchased on line at www.forthenry.com, or at Fort Henry admissions. Please note that unlike the regular Sunset Ceremony performances, the Marines performances begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
Admission fees are as follows: adults (13-64 yrs) $29.95; youth (6-12) and seniors (65 yrs+) $24.95; children 5 years and under are free. Prices are plus HST. For more information about the event and dinner and show packages, contact the Customer Service team at 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 (locally).
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 13 campgrounds and beaches including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkways.