Mimi Reid Hardman, President of the Historic Lake Wales Society, and Virginia Okie, Regent of the Lake Wales Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), are eager to start the ground work for placement of the cannon from USS Constitution. The cannon is being removed from where it has been kept out of public view behind a locked fence. It will be restored by Blew Bayou Fabrications and Dale’s Painting before it is placed near the Children’ Museum. A re-dedication of the cannon is planned for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Depot Museum. Representatives from several lineage groups including the Sons of the American Revolution, US Daughters of 1812, and the Polk Imperial Genealogy Society will be attending. These organizations are asked to attend in uniform or wear their emblems or insignias. The wearing of a 1812 period costume is optional, but encouraged. Area organizations are invited to participate. More information can be obtained by contacting Virginia Okie at 863-676-1374 or Mimi Hardman at the Lake Wales Depot Museum at 863-676-5160. The talk about town is that a cannon will be fired to start the following weekend’s Pioneer Days with a Bang.
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