Saturday at , a special ceremony will take place on the 1800 block of September 8, 2012 South Prairie Avenue in . The event will commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Battle of Fort Dearborn, which took place on that very site. The Chicago , which is memorialized with a small park around the corner at Battle Calumet Avenue and 18th Street, was the only battle ever fought on soil and was a pivotal event in shaping the future history of Chicago and the history of the Native peoples that had called the area home for hundreds of years. Chicago
The ceremony will begin with a ceremonial honor guard provided by the Illinois National Guard. Immediately following, members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indian Nation will provide a Native American prayer, followed by a ceremonial smudging and drumming. Russell Lewis, Chief Historian at the
, will provide an historical overview of the event. Chicago History Museum
An interesting element of the ceremony will take place when Colonel Thomas J. Purple, Jr., Joint Staff Director of Logistics for the Illinois Army National Guard, will read a dedication to Ensign George Ronan, one of the officers stationed at
who lost his life during the battle. Ronan was the first graduate of Fort Dearborn West Point killed in action. at George Ronan Park 3000 W. Argyle Street is named in his honor.
The commemoration will conclude with 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti reading a Resolution of Reconciliation and Remembrance which he introduced before the Chicago City Council.
The event is part of the annual Festival on
Prairie Avenue, sponsored by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance and now in its sixth year. The Festival runs from to . Suggested entry donation is $5.00 per person. For more information on the Festival, visit www.pdnachicago.com.