###Contact: Teresa Mitchell 315-646-1000 David Fitz-Enz 518-891-6792
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. -- On Friday, July 30 at 6:30pm, decorated soldier, retired U.S. Army Colonel and military historian David Fitz-Enz will share the stories of the "Heroes of the War of 1812" at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center, Ray & West Main Streets, in Sackets Harbor, NY. Fitz-Enz, a 30-year army veteran, earned the Soldier's Medal for Heroism, the Bronze Star for Valor with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, and three-leaf Legion of Merit honor. On Saturday, July 31 from 1-3pm, Fitz-Enz will sign copies of his books: "Why a Soldier," "The Final Invasion," "Old Ironsides," and "Redcoats' Revenge" at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center overlooking the Sackets Harbor village waterfront. Fitz-Enz will make a special presentation to "Great Lakes Young Writers" visiting Sackets Harbor during the July 31-August 1 War of 1812 North American Grand Tactical Weekend. Nearly 1,000 reenactors are expected to bring history alive at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site for the event. "The Great Lakes Seaway Trail programs will take audiences young and old from today's lovely waterfront village of Sackets Harbor back to its time as headquarters for the American Great Lakes fleet and several thousand soldiers and sailors preparing to fight invading forces," Fitz-Enz says. The Great Lakes Young Writers project provides aspiring journalists and authors from the U.S. and Canada with the opportunity to explore the Great Lakes region and its historic, natural, cultural and recreational resources. "The young writers visiting the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center will invite the interest of readers in an authentic modern-day experience of the War of 1812 as travelers on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail as one of America's Byways noted for its significance to the national history of the United States," Fitz-Enz says. Much of the War of 1812's outcome was decided along the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania. The 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a signed series of roads along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie. Learn more about at www.seawaytrail.com. The $5 fee for the July 30 evening program at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center benefits the educational programming mission of the Seaway Trail Foundation. For more information and seating reservations, call 315-646-1000.