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EDITORIAL: Fort Meigs turns 200

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
(Toledo News Now) -

This Saturday Fort Meigs will commemorate its 200th anniversary. 

The strategic significance of Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 is an under-appreciated moment in the history of our country:

Under incredibly dire conditions, and with the fate of the Northwest Territory hanging in the balance, a small band of soldiers constructed the wooden-walled fort. Fort Meigs stood at the center of military operations and helped prevent the collapse and loss of this entire region to the combined British and Indian combatants. 

If you visit Fort Meigs this Saturday from 1-4 p.m., you will be treated to re-enactors demonstrating the rigors of life in a wild territory. It was a dangerous place. Life was filled with hardships, sickness and death were constant realities, yet the soldiers and others persevered. 

If you can get your kids to leave the comforts of home and the virtual world of computer games for a few hours, a trip to Fort Meigs might help them appreciate that life wasn't always so easy.          

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