Battlefield center puts on show for first day operating as national park

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With the smell of bonfire smoke wafting in the air and a warm sun finally revealing itself, Saturday turned out to be a perfect day to officially welcome visitors to Monroe's newly named national park visitor center.
He attended Saturday's River Raisin National Battlefield Park open house, which marked the first official day that the visitor center opened as a federal park. Hundreds of people visited the battlefield center located at 1403 E. Elm Ave. to take part in the festivities that included several War of 1812-themed demonstrations, war re-enactors, children's activities and other information and entertainment.
Mr. Krause visited with his 7-year-old granddaughter, Jolei Krause.
"They have a lot of good activities going on here today," he said after taking his granddaughter's picture in front of the battlefield center. "I'm glad we came down here today. Now I'm going to spread the word."
That's exactly what officials are hoping for as an official national park....

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