The Rally on the River Raisin is a free, day-long event Saturday, September 15th , at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park to commemorate POW/MIA Remembrance Day and provide visitors with a fun-filled way to become familiar with the Park, its history and ongoing activities. We are the only National Battlefield Park dedicated to preserving and telling the story of the War of 1812, and the only unit of the National Park system that honors and relates the narrative of conflicting interests central to the War of 1812 in the Northwest Territories.
The Rally on the River Raisin kicks off with a Jeep parade carrying veterans at 11 a.m. through downtown Monroe – Jeep enthusiasts are welcome to register their Jeeps to participate in the parade – and concludes with a fireworks display at dusk. In between the Park will feature historic demonstrations from re-enactors, candlemakers, blacksmiths and storytellers as well as tours, weapons demonstrations, kids’ activities, Jeep oriented pursuits and food trucks throughout the day. There will be performances from illusionist Caleb Johnson and the nationally renowned band Here Come the Mummies at 6 and 7 p.m. respectively.
Proceeds from the Rally on the River Raisin go towards youth outreach programs, which include school field trips and kayaking for economically challenged youth. Last year the Park hosted more than 10,000 school children as they learned about the War of 1812, the pivotal battles and tragic massacre that occurred here, and an aftermath that dramatically impacted our nation’s polices toward Native Americans. Additionally, the Park provided 1,200 youngsters from southeastern Michigan kayaking trips at our Hull’s Trace unit, where the Huron River meets Lake Erie.