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Anthony Wayne Day takes place in Fort Wayne Tuesday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – This Tuesday, Fort Wayne residents will celebrate the City’s namesake with the first annual “Anthony Wayne Day.”

Wayne led a bayonets-only charge against British forces during a pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War. City Councilman Jason Arp tells WOWO News if it wasn’t for that, George Washington may have either been captured or killed.

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“Anthony Wayne Day” will include a full list of events in and around the City, and they begin at 10 a.m.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • Freimann Square
    • 10 a.m.: Honor and Appreciation Event with Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Old Fort
    • 1 p.m.: Donation of payroll records for soldiers under the command of Gen. Wayne by Mark Kreps, state historian for the Sons of the American Revolution, followed by cannon fire and a musket salute tribute.
    • 1:45 p.m.: “News conference” with Robert Jones and Andi Hahn portraying Gen. Wayne and his wife, Mary Penrose Wayne, in costume.
  • Allen County Public Library
    • 4-6 p.m.: Panel presentation about the Battle at Stony Point with historian Alan D. Gaff, author of “Bayonets in the Wilderness: Anthony Wayne’s Legion in the Old Northwest,” along with his wife, Maureen, and Jones and Hahn. The presentation will feature contemporary photographs of the battleground. Moderator will be Eric Olsen.
  • 100 block of W. Wayne Street
    • 6:30-10 p.m.: “Family-friendly” block party with music by the Windows.

The Journal Gazette reports the General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Organization, Inc. is also planning a celebration of the 225th anniversary of the naming of the City on October 22. The group will also celebrate Wayne’s 275th birthday on January 1, 2020.

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