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Park service to mark battle

| Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The National Park Service will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Fort Necessity on Thursday.

The opening battle of what became the French and Indian War was fought 254 years ago at The Great Meadows, now the site of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Also called the Seven Years War, the British and French fought this conflict around the world. Control of North America was the ultimate prize.

Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 will perform a "missing man" ceremonial ritual at 3 p.m. at the visitor center to honor the fallen, missing in action and prisoners of war from the battle.

After the ceremony, costumed re-enactors will present a program detailing the life of French and Indian soldiers. This program will be near Fort Necessity in the meadow and will conclude with a historic weapons demonstration, including muskets and cannons. The soldiers' life program will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as well.

The Braddock campaign of 1755 will be remembered at Fort Necessity this weekend too.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located 11 miles east of Uniontown along Route 40, the Historic National Road. Admission to the park is $5 per adult, children age 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

The fee is collected at the Interpretive and Education Center and is valid for seven days. For more information on park programs, visit www.nps.gov or call 724-329-5512.

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The FY09 Financial Services Appropriations Bill makes key national investments into Small Business Administration of $880 million, $311 million above the president's request, to help small businesses during tough economic times.

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