After spending the night on the outskirts of Toledo Ohio last night we decided to ditch our previous plans of visiting the Indiana Capitol building as there is likely to be another opportunity to do that. Instead we headed back to the River Raisin Battlefield for the Star-Spangled Banner event. We had a lot of fun and learned so much by talking to the representatives dressed in uniform representing each of the wars from the French and Indian war until the current conflict in Iraq.
The gentleman in the red and blue coat is from the French and Indian war the other two are from the Revolutionary war.
These next gentlemen were from the Civil War.
There was Calvary men and a private from the Spanish American War that we did not get individual pictures of.
Next we talked to a gentleman who served in Iraq at the end of a long military career. Another soldier was there from Desert Storm and the Vietnam war. Then there was a soldier representing WWI and a marine from WWII.
there were several jeeps there from Vietnam Era to WWII
we loved learning how equipment, weapons and rations had changed over the last several hundred years.
They all lined up for a group shot from the oldest war to the most recent.
French and Indian to Iraq.
The French and Indian representative was in the movie “Last of the Mohicans” and definitely gets the best dressed vote.
After enjoying all the booths at the event we tried a second time to find a park on the banks of Lake Erie. We did find three all of which were fee parks $7-$9 so we drove into one anyway and took a few quick pictures and left with out parking. We were kind of bummed at it’s Inaccessibility.
Michigan and Ohio were very pretty.