Civil War Replica Cannons Returning To Capitol Today

WHAT: CANNONS ON THE CAPITOL LAWN

WHEN: TODAY — Saturday, August 8, 2015 at NOON

WHERE: The Front/East Lawn of the State Capitol

LANSING—On Saturday, August 8, at noon, the Capitol lawn will see the return of famed replicas of the historic Civil War cannons that Michiganders took into battle over 150 years ago to fight against slavery and protect our Union.

Two Civil War, 10-pound Parrott guns once flanked the walkway that leads to the front entrance of the Michigan Capitol. The Michigan Capitol was dedicated to the memory of Michigan’s Civil War soldiers, and the cannons symbolically protected the building’s main entrance.

With the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Senators Michael Kowall (R-White Lake) and Steven Bieda (D-Warren) spent the past two years raising money to bring exact replicas of the guns back to the State Capitol. Every dollar raised was from private funds—no taxpayer money was spent.

On Saturday, August 8, at noon on the front lawn of the State Capitol, everyone is invited to participate in a free event as the Loomis cannons are restored to the front of the Capitol. This historic and fun event will be great for the entire family. For more information go to www.capitolcannons.com. The event will include:

· Civil War re-enactors,

· firing of Civil War cannons,

· an original Loomis cannon on display,

· a President Abraham Lincoln re-enactor,

· and much more.

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