Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rockin’ the River Raisin Battlefield

River Raisin National Battlefield

On our way back into Michigan, we made a pit stop at the Michigan Welcome Center rest area, and noticed some signs for “Rockin’ the River Raisin” the following weekend.

As part of Navy Week in Detroit, there was a special event being held at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park – including demonstrations from the War of 1812, special showings of a documentary on the building of the Navy’s newest battleship, the USS Detroit, and a concert by the Great Lakes Navy Band.

The events went on all day, but the concert wasn’t until 7:30pm.  We were getting quite a bit of rain during the day, so Tom and I waited until about 6pm to go over there. 

Fur display


We walked through a few of the remaining displays and walked along the historical walkway through the battlefield.

Soldier Tents

During the War of 1812, the Americans fought the British, as well as the Canadians and Indians who fought with them.

Along the historical trail

Evidence of the war











The Navy Band was set up under the pavilion, in order to protect their equipment from possible rain.  We found some seats and waited for the show to start.

Stage for the Navy Band

Junior ROTC


Once all of the “distinguished guests”, including the crew of the USS Detroit, were seated, some members of the Junior ROTC from one of the local high schools presented the colors.









Colors Ceremony

Commander of the USS Detroit


Following colors, the Commander of the USS Detroit talked to the crowd and answered questions about the newest battleship.









Then it was time for the concert.

USS Detroit Crew

We had a few sprinkles of rain here and there, but the real rain stayed south of us.  The band played a variety of rock, pop and country favorites . . . and they were really good!

Navy Band Great Lakes

This is a different kind of Navy job!

Lead Singer



This Sailor played the saxophone most of the time,


but he was also the designated singer for the country songs, and he was really good!          He sang, too!












We really enjoyed the show, and were happy to have stayed dry! 

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