Ogdensburg Daughters of the American Revolution urges schools, churches to ring bells on War of 1812 bicentennial June 18

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – 5:03 pm

OGDENSBURG – The Swe-kat-si Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is working to spread the word about the upcoming

celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. On June 18, at 12 noon, “Ring the Bells for 1812” across our land to commemorate the start of the War of 1812 Bicentennial.

Schools and churches are urged to take part in the celebration by ringing

their bells at that designated hour.

Following closely on the heels of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 helped cement American independence, and firmly reinforced to European nations a clear concept of American identity – that of a people willing to fight for their freedom against overwhelming odds, and win.

It was during this war that the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner, later to become our national anthem, were written by Francis Scott Key.

Andrew Jackson led a coalition of American fighters to victory against superior odds at the battle of New Orleans. And the American Navy, led by the USS Constitution to win an unexpected victory against renowned British Naval forces, energized the American public with the resolve to fight the war to a successful conclusion.

The Battle of Ogdensburg took place during that war and is celebrated each year with a reenactment in February.

There are events being planned for this summer and the Bicentennial of that Battle in 2013. In September Swe-kat-si Chapter and Forsyth’s Rifle will take part in the Russell Arsenal Heritage Weekend.

For information contact Sally Hartman at 344-8882 or email kyle57@twcny.rr.com.

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