Tonawanda News — On this side of the border, the history buffs will need that early bird energy if they’re planning to help commemorate the bicentennial of the British capturing Fort Niagara on Dec. 19, 1813. Shortly after that sneak attack, the troops destroyed many settlements along the Niagara Frontier, from Lewiston to Buffalo. Bob Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara, said the re-enactment of the seizing of the fort — at precisely the same time as the original assault 200 years ago — will begin at 5 a.m. Officials said it will be imperative that all visitors be inside the fort by 4:45 a.m. Doors will open at 4:30 a.m.
A commemorative ceremony and symbolic flare lighting is set for 7:15 a.m. at Faulkner Park in the village. Plans also are under way to host a community breakfast at village restaurants, starting at 7:30 a.m.
Two special programs for the occasion will be presented between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Youngstown. The first one will include a power point presentation on the War of 1812 by the Niagara County Historical Society and the second will feature a short video, “Niagara on Fire,” provided by the Niagara-on-the-Lake 1812 Bicentennial Committee.
A climax to the day-long events will be the 6:30 p.m. dedication of the Tuscarora Heroes Monument, at Center Street and Portage Road, Lewiston.