You’ll learn that and a lot more as Detroit Navy Week sails into town September 3-10 with special events open to the public.
The celebration commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star Spangled Banner by offering area residents an opportunity to meet members of the Navy and learn about the latest capabilities of naval security.
Detroit is one of the last three stops out of 15 chosen cities for the celebration and was selected because of its direct link to the War of 1812. The city was an important military outpost in the war, as the British tricked Ft. Detroit’s commander into surrendering the city without a shot. Free trade was a large part of the war, which is still important to Detroit today.
Wondering how you can get in on the action?
To get a personal view of our Navy, check out the frigate U.S.S. DeWert (FFG 45), the coastal patrol ship Hurricane (PC 3), the U.S.C.G. cutter Katmai Bay and the tall ship Niagara, which is a replica of the ship Capt. Oliver Hazard Perry used as a relief flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie. The ships will be docked at the Detroit Port Authority pier on the Detroit River. In addition, a Canadian Navy vessel will be docked on the Canadian side. Visitors should wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes and be prepared to have all handbags and camera cases inspected before boarding.
We have a lot to get excited about as there’s been nothing but rave reviews about the celebration from previous host cities on this summer’s tour. Let’s support our naval officers and our local economy by heading down to the Detroit River for amazing fun for the entire family.
The Navy plans to include the following elements in Detroit Navy Week 2012:
- Leap Frogs – The Navy Parachute Team
- Visiting U.S. Navy Ships
- Navy Band musical performances
- Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
- Navy simulator and other interactive displays
- Visits to area schools
- Community service projects and events with local sports franchises
- Visits with local veterans
For more information about scheduled events during Detroit Navy Week, click here.