Battlefield service set for Memorial Day

Ninth annual service to take place at War of 1812 Battlefield at 9 a.m.


FORT MADISON - The North Lee County Historical Society will have their 9th annual Memorial Day services at the War of 1812 Battlefield, between 4th & 5th street and Avenue G, starting at 9 am on Monday May 27.
The services mainly to remember the 23 soldiers that were either killed in action or died while serving our country during the active years of Fort Madison operation from 1808-1813.
In past years the Society has used the soldiers from the Replica Old Fort to fire the cannon or muzzle loaders as a salute but this year we find all experienced Old Fort Replica Soldiers on leave of absence.
After a brief service Lee County Board of Supervisors member Tom Schultz will read the names of the soldiers buried at the site and Bill Napier chairman of the committee to revive the replica Old Fort in Riverview Park will give a short talk on the importance of bringing the historical site back as a tourist attraction for our city.
As has been quoted “Fort Madison is just another city, without the historical Fort”.
Seating is limited at the Battlefield Site so guests may want to bring their own chairs to enjoy this beautiful morning in the US National Historic Register site along the Mississippi River between the retired Sheaffer Plant and Dollar General.
The Society is always raising money for the upkeep of the memorial park and donations will be accepted and Mr. Napier’s committee encourages all to get behind the new 501C3 tax deductible fund for the restoration of the Fort and will have representatives present to accept charter memberships in their major project.

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