July 6, 2012
This information was provided by the Madison Chamber of Commerce:
Help commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 this weekend and Bastille Day next weekend in Madison!
On Sunday, July 8, representatives from the United States Coast Guard will converge on the Madison Town Green to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in which Madison’s own Captain Frederick Lee played a heroic role.
This event, hosted by the Madison Historical Society, will begin at 2pm with the arrival of the US Coast Guard’s Period Color Guard. Madison’s First Selectman Fillmore McPherson will be the Honorary Master of Ceremonies. He will introduce Captain Eric Jones USCG, who will speak of his experiences as Commanding Officer of the USCGC Eagle, Captain Steve Pope, USCG, who will enlighten us on the life of Captain Frederick Lee and Lyle Cubberly, PhD and MHS member who will relate the story of the “Battle of Toad Island” and the USCG Band.
You won’t want to miss the Ceremonial Concert by US Coast Guard Band following the ceremony!
Next on the program is the unveiling of the US Daughters of the War of 1812 bronze plaque to honor Captain Frederick Lee, followed by a performance by the US Coast Guard Silent Drill Team.
The conclusion of the day’s events will be the Rededication of Lee’s Academy, celebrating the restoration of the c. 1820 building.