Hippolyte Bouchard Flag Raising Ceremony and Historic Re-enactment
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The City of Monterey and the Old Monterey Foundation present a Hippolyte Bouchard Flag Raising Ceremony and Historic Re-enactment on Saturday, November 19, 11am-12pm at Lower Presidio Historic Park. Learn more about Argentine Hippolyte Bouchard’s raid in 1818 when he attacked the City of Monterey, the only land and sea battle ever to occur on the West Coast of the United States. It's an event for all ages!
At this free community event, learn more about the early military history of the area. Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson will proclaim the upcoming celebration of the Bicentennial of the Battle of Monterey. Dennis Copeland, City of Monterey’s Manager of Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives, will provide a brief military history of the very early period of the Lower Presidio Historic Park. The Spanish flag will be lowered and the Argentine flag hoisted at the Bouchard Monument. You can cheer or boo as the “pirates” capture El Castillo and deploy to the Royal Presidio Chapel, now known as San Carlos Cathedral (built in 1794, it is the only remaining landmark from the time of the battle) and you'll meet Argentine Captain Bouchard and his opponent Royal Governor Sola. You'll also be the first to know about the plans for the Bicentennial of the Battle of Monterey and the initial planning for the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of Monterey coming in 2020.
Please note: rain will cancel this event.