By NANCY WHITAKER
FORT BROWN - The Fort Brown Bicentennial is set to begin at 10 a.m., June 29 and the program will have a patriotic theme.
Fort Brown is set on the banks of the confluence of the Auglaize and the Little Auglaize rivers in Paulding County. The fort is still in a quiet, rural setting with both rivers visible from the 1812 monument placed at the site in 1953. The location is on Road 171 about a mile north of Melrose.The Jacob Stemple Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812 and the Oakwood community will be commemorating days over 200 years ago when soldiers of the War of 1812 served here under one flag. The United States flag in 1812 had 15 stars and 15 stripes; and was the official flag of the United States from 1795 until 1818.
Guests to the Fort Brown celebration are invited to dress in period costumes to lend atmosphere to the setting. Attendees are also asked to bring lawn chairs with them to the event.
The Oakwood Community Band will be playing patriotic music and flags will be carried by the American Legion, Boy Scouts and color guard.
The speaker for the day will be Richard Rozevink of Defiance. Rozevink researched and identified the soldiers of the War of 1812 and those who lost their lives serving with General Winchester in northwest Ohio.
The Daughters of the War of 1812 will be placing a granite bench made by Homiers Monumental of Defiance at the site. The bench will offer visitors a place to sit and reflect on the patriotism, courage and willingness of those soldiers who sacrificed their time away from their famines to serve this nation.
A wreath laying will be also be a part of the program. The Laying of a Wreath is a time of remembrance and respect that is given for the sacrifices of the soldiers who served here as well as all American veterans.
The Daughters of the War of 1812 will be laying a wreath and local Daughters of the American Revolution have been invited to take part in the ceremony. There are DAR chapters in Paulding, Defiance and Van Wert counties. Other groups are also invited to take part in the ceremony.
Following the ceremonies at Fort Brown, the Oakwood community will be offering a typical 1812 meal to guests along the Auglaize River at the Oakwood Community Park.
The Oakwood and Melrose communities have offered their help and talents to the day's activities.