A Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812

A special commemoration ceremony held in Ohio for the bicentennial celebration for the War of 1812.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. June 18 marked the date in which Congress approved and President James Madison signed the declaration of war against the British. Many historians argue the War of 1812 was important for the United States in asserting itself an individual world power.

Several battles took place across the northern part of Ohio, but arguably the most notorious of the fights was the Battle of Lake Erie, when Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s capture of British ships near Put-In-Bay off the coast of Ohio gave the United States control over Lake Erie’s waters for the duration of the war.

A Statehouse ceremony was held and a rising of the flag in Ohio to commemorate the entrance into the war. The commemoration included a reading of President James Madison’s declaration of war, ringing of the Statehouse bells, as well as the raising of the 15-star flag. Each of the 88 counties across the state of Ohio were given a 15-star flag to raise. Firehouses and churches were asked to help commemorate the occasion by ringing their bells at noon.

Sources: The Republic | Middletown Journal

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