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The Siege of Fort Erie
Event, Tourism Ontario, Travel guide
I returned the following Sunday after the main event - the "Siege of Fort Erie" - back to the old Fort and watched the remembrance service.
After that I visited again both camps. Especially in the US camp everybody was packing for a fast departure. For many participants it was a long trip back home. Nevertheless the soldiers were still in uniform and got ready for the last battle.
This last demonstration how the war was fought had no historical background. It was soon obvious that this time the "British" would be allowed to win.
The Americans are still cheerful
The "British" are marching in
Music accompanied the fighters of both sides.
Some of the elderly participants looked a little bit exhausted. Just wearing the heavy uniforms during the heat was certainly the main reason, but eventually some of them celebrated a little bit too much the night before.
But nobody faded out and after the battle had begun everybody was alerted again.
Music was continuously played, orders were shouted and the "Americans" defended themselves very bravely and had compared to the "British" only few losses.
The Americans are coming
Lots of marching during the whole battle
The Americans are loading on of their guns
Naturally the Americans are firing back
Heavy gun fire against the "Americans"
The native Indians which were fighting on both sides were smart enough not to follow the battle rules. They were allowed to lay down and to fire from this position.
Occasionally they started a terrible screaming and yelling in order to frighten the enemy.
Native warriors are getting involved
Discipline is everything despite the fallen comrades
The battle line moved for and back.
Suddenly the "British" received reinforcement troops and the "Americans" were outnumbered and had to retreat.
Even the canons could not prevent the defeat.
Now it was up the allied troops of the "British" to cheer.
Luckily today we have peace between all involved parties and the war of 1812 is history and is used to bring the past back but without hatred.
An annual friendship festival in Fort Erie was initiated years ago and it really deserved this name at that time. It still does but it became very commercialized.
The soldiers were always accompanied by military music when they entered the battle field. Some of the elderly ones looked a little bit exhausted. One reasons was certainly the heavy uniforms in this heat, but it could also be caused by too much celebrating during the last night. So the music kept playing to cheer them up.
The victorious British want to impress the Losing Americans and the Canadian audience
It was a great unforgettable weekend for us with lots of things to see and to learn. We met many nice people which we would like to meet again.
We did not spend lots of money and I was impressed about the real culture of Canada and the USA.
People from all over the world should not just judge what they hear in the news or see on TV. They should come well informed to see the good sites of our countries.
Fanatic European soccer fans should learn how to celebrate a "peaceful fight".
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