The Gazette Staff
HILLICOTHE –Ross County will join others across the state Monday in recognizing the bicentennial of the declaration of the War of 1812.
The Ross County Commissioners office has organized a flag-raising ceremony that will get underway at 11 a.m. at the Ross County Courthouse on North Paint Street.
The ceremony is expected to last about 30 minutes and will include local historian Pat Medert speaking about the War of 1812. The American Legion Post 62 Color Guard will post an American flag with 15 stars and stripes as it was in 1812 while the Ross County Composite Honor Guard will offer a series of rifle volleys and play taps.
American AMVETS Post 4 Chaplain Gary Sallade also will be on hand to provide the invocation and benediction while Katie Large will sing the national anthem.
The ceremony was prompted by an effort of the State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to have every Ohio county on Monday recognize the bicentennial of when the fledgling U.S. declared war on the British Empire.
A similar ceremony will be conducted at noon at the state capitol in Columbus during which participants will read the declaration of war, raise the flag and ring bells, sound sirens and blow whistles.
The commission provided every county with a 4×6 foot “Old Glory” flag to use in the ceremony. The flags were provided by a Toledo business.
In a letter to the commissioners, the commission indicated they hope the counties will continue to fly the flag on important days relating to the War of 1812. An act of Congress has made it so that the 1812 flag will be recognized as an official flag of our country during the three-year bicentennial of the war.
The ceremony is part of a busy day for the Ross County commissioners when they convene at 9 a.m. Monday in their office at the Ross County Courthouse. The day begins with a 9:15 a.m. meeting with Ross County Sheriff George Lavender about a vehicle donation to Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational School. That will be followed at 10 a.m. by a public hearing on Community Development Block Grant project proposals, at 10:30 a.m. by a contract discussion with Job and Family Services director Robert Gallagher, at 11 by the flag raising and at 11:30 by a bid opening for the Ross County Water Pollution Control Fund septic replacement.