Saturday, June 16, 2012
By John Arthur Hutchison
It will mark 200 years ago Monday when the War of 1812 began as our country declared war against the British Empire.
The Lake County Historical Society, along with county officials, will conduct a public event Monday to commemorate that bicentennial anniversary beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the gazebo in downtown Painesville, county Commissioner Daniel P. Troy said.
Events at Monday’s ceremony are slated to include a reading of the declaration of war, the raising of a commemorative flag, a ringing of bells, sirens and whistles at noon.
The celebration is an event encouraged by the state’s 1812 Bicentennial Commission, which was established by state law in 2009 through Senate Bill 93.
Along with an event at the state Capitol in Columbus, Lake County and other counties in Ohio also will conduct ceremonies to remember the war that continued until Feb. 17, 1815.
“It’s not a war that a lot of people pay attention to, but probably was the war that Ohio was involved in, including the Battle of Lake Erie,” Troy said.
The commission purchased flags bearing 15 stars and 15 stripes to represent the flag that was flown at that time in history.
Even though that flag wasn’t representative of the number of states in the union then, through an act of Congress it is recognized as an official flag of our nation during the three-year bicentennial celebration, according to the state commission.
During the three-year bicentennial, other events across the state will be conducted and counties are encouraged to fly the special flag at those times.