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GM, Chevrolet Enlist In War Of 1812 Bicentennial Events

In the news release, GM, Chevrolet Enlist in War of 1812 Bicentennial Events, issued 27-Aug-2012 by General Motors over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the event schedule has been updated for Sept. 6, 9, and 10th. The complete, corrected release follows:

GM, Chevrolet Enlist in War of 1812 Bicentennial Events

Renaissance Center, Detroit riverfront activities include free ship tours, tech displays, concerts

DETROIT, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors and Chevrolet are gearing up for Detroit's War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration Sept. 5-9, with many free, public events in and around GM's Renaissance Center World Headquarters.

Five days of festivities – part of Navy Week – are sponsored by a nonprofit coalition led by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. Activities include ship tours, technology displays, search and rescue and rifle drill team demonstrations, and daily performances by U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps bands.

"Because Detroit played such a key role in the War of 1812, we're supporting these events at our beautiful headquarters on the Detroit River. We hope the community can come share our country's history and thank our military men and women for their service," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet global marketing.

Detroit is one of several strategic port cities where War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations are taking place through 2015. Others include New York; Baltimore; Norfolk, Va.; New Orleans; Boston; Chicago and Cleveland. The war that saw the capture and return of Detroit and the eventual burning of the White House also inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner" – the American national anthem since 1931 – as Fort McHenry successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from a British naval attack in 1814.

GM's Military Discount program will sponsor a free concert by country music artist Darryl Worley from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, on the RenCen plaza stage. Worley has performed for troops here and overseas. A 2002 visit to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan helped inspire his No. 1 hit "Have You Forgotten?" He has returned to perform for troops nine times since then. 

Worley has been honored with the VFW's Americanism Award, the USO Merit Award and the U.S. Army Appreciation Award.

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