FORT JENNINGS — The bells rang for six minutes at noon Monday in Fort Jennings as the community joined the state of Ohio in celebration and commemoration of the beginning of the War of 1812.
A 15-star, 15-stripe flag was raised in front of the monument on state Route 189 marking the spot where it was believed the Fort Jennings supply station was located during the war of 1812.
This is the beginning of numerous activities planned in Fort Jennings as they take part in the bicentennial celebration.
“We’re excited about everything that is planned in our community,” said Mayor Jim Smith, who is also chairman of the Fort Jennings Bicentennial Committee.
Monday’s commemoration included a reading of President James Madison’s declaration of war, along with the raising of the 1812 flag. The village of Fort Jennings will fly the 1812 flag in honor of its rich history as a fort in the war of 1812 until the bicentennial of the end of the war in 2015.
A moment of silence was also held for the 12 soldiers buried at Fort Jennings during the war of 1812.
Fort Jennings will celebrate the bicentennial of the building of Fort Jennings during the War of 1812 from Aug. 17 to 19 and has created its celebration as a salute to the U.S. military for the last 200 years.
Not only will the celebration include live music every day, food, and many historical activities, there are also three unique programs for the youth of the area.
Camp 1812 is a one-day camp on Aug. 17 in the historical area. The historical area will include an 1812 military encampment, and an 1812 village. There will be military demonstrations, including historically accurate military encampment, drills, maneuvers and 1812 artillery and gunfire. Along with the U.S. military, there will be an American Indian area demonstrating period dress, weapons and culture.
“This is going to be a year Fort Jennings won’t forget,” Smith said. “The re-enactment is going to be a really unique attraction for this area.”
The committee is selling bicentennial signs and Cats Meow replicas of the historical building in Fort Jennings to help defray the costs of the celebration.