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Isles celebrates Patriot's Day
After the tragic events at the Boston Marathon Monday, the same day as the national observance of Patriot's Day, the Sons of the American Revolution say it's a perfect time to highlight their patriotic spirit.

Bill Ramsaur, member of the Marshes of Glynn chapter of the organization, is hopeful others will feel the same during this weekend's Revolutionary War Patriot's Day celebrations, which start today.

"We celebrate two events: the Battle of Lexington and Concord, as well as the Battle of the Frederica River," he said. "After what happened Monday, maybe it's even more important for us to acknowledge that this year we need to carry on traditions."

That's just what the Marshes of Glynn chapter plans to do, alongside the Fort Frederica and Brunswick chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the St. Simons Island waterfront, guests will experience history come to life, courtesy of Ramsaur, his friends and numerous students across Glynn County.

"It's going to be bigger and better than ever. We're expecting students from six different schools dressed in character for the parade, at least 20 different exhibits during the Colonial Festival, as well as a chorus and dramatic poem reading from two schools during the Patriotic Memorial Ceremony," Ramsaur said.

Other features will include the Brunswick High School Color Guard and a group from St. Marys, the Frederica Academy students' "Wax Museum," which features revolutionary re-enactors, as well as plenty of Colonial games and artifacts to learn and experience.

The Coast Guard will help tell the story of the naval battle that occurred in Frederica River.

"It's really for people of all ages - kids, teenagers, adults - because everyone can learn something new. Whether it be in the Colonial games or handling a musket, it's a fun way to realize how many things have carried on through the years," Ramsaur said.

Ramsaur is always happy to share his passion for the Revolutionary War period, but he says it's so much more important than just learning the facts. Seeing actual historical artifacts and clothing and experiencing activities from the period, like children's games, brings the story to life.

Events starts at 10 a.m., then a student parade in the Village on St. Simons Island at 10:30 a.m., the Frederica Academy Wax Museum at the pier at 10:45 a.m., and the patriotic ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Simons Island Casino.

Colonial games for children, demonstrations, exhibits, musical selections, two color guards, re-enactors, a wreath presentation and more will be happening until 2 p.m.

"(Children) read about these things in books, hear teachers tell them, but by seeing the uniforms and meeting people, even understanding how something as simple as a toothbrush was made, it all really complements what they've learned," he said.

"The objective is that we feel history is a prelude to the future. People need to understand history to understand the present and future."

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswick, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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