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Memorial to Crown Forces killed in Sackets Harbor during War of 1812 to be dedicated Saturday

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SACKETS HARBOR — A monument to Crown Forces killed during the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor will be dedicated Saturday afternoon as a part of the village’s living history weekend, which starts today.

The granite monument, a result of about five years of planning and fundraising, lists the names of 42 Crown Forces fighters who were killed and whose bodies were left in the village following the battle, which took place May 29, 1813.

“A lot of people when they come out and see that battlefield, they know it’s part of the state historic site,” said Clayton F. Nans, a board member for the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, which helped organize the monument. “They don’t realize it’s also a cemetery, and the remains of 42 people are on that field.”

The monument, off Ontario Street, will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. Nans, a retired Marine Corps colonel, said the list of names was carefully researched and verified by a wide range of American and Canadian experts working off photocopies of military documentation from the war period. The monument was paid for by Canadian and American donors.

“It’s long overdue,” he said. “It’s been a wonderful project.”

Constance B. Barone, manager of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, said the dedication and the weekend’s events were a way to emphasize the area’s connection to its Canadian neighbors.

“This is a chance to highlight the importance of Sackets Harbor and the north country, and how it relates to the bigger picture of the War of 1812 and all of the participants,” she said.

The ceremony will feature an American representative from Fort Drum, along with British and Canadian military officials, and representatives from a wide range of fields from both sides of the border.

The monument is not the only tribute to Canadian forces to be unveiled in the village Saturday. At 12:30 p.m., a plaque will be dedicated on Ontario Street for military forces from New Brunswick.

Events start tonight with a presentation by historian Donald E. Graves at 6 p.m. near the site’s parking lot off Hill Street. Other speakers include historian Dianne Graves, who will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, and professor Donald R. Hickey, of Wayne State College, Nebraska, who will speak at 6 p.m. Saturday. The history weekend will end with a Grand War of 1812 bicentennial re-enactment running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

A full list of events can be found at www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org/schedule.htm.

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