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Reenactors Bring a Glimpse of History to Oak Forest

The Oak Fest grounds became part of the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars thanks to reenactors. The brief battles drew large crowds, who were treated to a show and a little history lesson, as well.

Following the I Am An American Parade, the Oak Forest Veterans Commission hosted two war reenactments at the Oak Fest Grounds on Saturday, Sept. 15. The battle reenactments featured the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars.

The battles which were brief, were narrated by a reenactment volunteer as well, who pointed out various items of interest to the large crowds in attendance.

The War of 1812 battle on Saturday, Sept. 15 featured American and British sides pitted in battle in an open field. The brief battle saw two British soldiers 'killed,' while no Americans were injured. However, due to superior forces the British won the battle and gave three cheers for King George to announce their victory.

Following the reenactments, Oak Forest residents were invited to a period dance at the Oak Fest grounds, where reenactors were sleeping in tents overnight.  

There will be two more reenactments at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Oak Fest grounds on Sunday, Sept. 16. 

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