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POSTED: May 21, 2010 9:36 a.m.
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Fort Morris State Historic Site re-enactors prepare for a cannon demonstration.

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Fort Morris State Historic Site will have its annual Memorial Day Commemoration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 29.
The Friends of Fort Morris cannon crew will perform cannon demonstrations and musket drills, and soldier talks on the hour will honor those who fought for and still fight for the nation.
Families are encouraged to bring picnic lunches. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors 62 and older, $2.75 for children ages 6-18 and children 5 and younger are free.
Fort Morris is in historic Sunbury, seven miles east of Interstate 95, off exit 76. Follow the brown Liberty Trail signs to get to the park.       
Fort Morris plays a significant role in the region’s history. When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their seaport from the British. A bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. When the British demanded the fort’s surrender on Nov. 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied, “Come and take it!” The British refused and withdrew back to Florida.
 

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