War of 1812 will get space on Lancaster monument

By BERNARD HARRIS
Staff Writer

 

“The forgotten war” is a term often used to refer to the Korean conflict, overshadowed as it is by World War II in the 20th century.

Elizabeth Bricker Miller wants to bring attention to an even lesser-known war from an earlier century.

“I do feel it should be recognized,” Miller said of the War of 1812.

“Just think, when the World Trade Center was attacked, people said it was the first time America had been attacked on its own soil.” But Miller points out that the invading British burned the White House in 1814.

Miller hopes the installation of a brass plaque among the others which commemorate America’s wars on the granite base of Lancaster’s Soldiers & Sailors Monument will help bring attention to the conflict.

Plans call for commemoration of the plaque on Capital Day, Sept. 27. On that day in 1777 the fleeing Continental Congress briefly convened in the courthouse which stood at the monument site, making Lancaster the capital of the fledgling nation for the day.

Lancaster City Council members reviewed a description of the plaque and approved plans for the installation at their meeting Tuesday evening.

It will be installed on the northwest corner of the monument base. A smaller medallion, marking the monument’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, will be relocated to the monument’s southeast corner to make room for the larger plaque.

The plaque commemorating the bicentennial of the war will be presented by the Pennsylvania Society of the United States Daughters of 1812. Miller, of Lancaster, is the immediate past president of the state chapter, whose membership is limited to those who can trace their ancestry to someone who fought in the war.

It joins a plaque commemorating the American Revolution presented by the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution two years ago.

Also on Tuesday, City Council approved plans for the installation of a new traffic signal on Hempstead Road between the Costco parking lot and the McDonald’s restaurant entrances.

The signal, which was requested and will be funded by Costco, is intended to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety.

The state department of transportation still must approve it. The signal is expected to be installed next spring.

 

By BERNARD HARRIS
Staff Writer

 

“The forgotten war” is a term often used to refer to the Korean conflict, overshadowed as it is by World War II in the 20th century.

Elizabeth Bricker Miller wants to bring attention to an even lesser-known war from an earlier century.

“I do feel it should be recognized,” Miller said of the War of 1812.

“Just think, when the World Trade Center was attacked, people said it was the first time America had been attacked on its own soil.” But Miller points out that the invading British burned the White House in 1814.

Miller hopes the installation of a brass plaque among the others which commemorate America’s wars on the granite base of Lancaster’s Soldiers & Sailors Monument will help bring attention to the conflict.

Plans call for commemoration of the plaque on Capital Day, Sept. 27. On that day in 1777 the fleeing Continental Congress briefly convened in the courthouse which stood at the monument site, making Lancaster the capital of the fledgling nation for the day.

Lancaster City Council members reviewed a description of the plaque and approved plans for the installation at their meeting Tuesday evening.

It will be installed on the northwest corner of the monument base. A smaller medallion, marking the monument’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, will be relocated to the monument’s southeast corner to make room for the larger plaque.

The plaque commemorating the bicentennial of the war will be presented by the Pennsylvania Society of the United States Daughters of 1812. Miller, of Lancaster, is the immediate past president of the state chapter, whose membership is limited to those who can trace their ancestry to someone who fought in the war.

It joins a plaque commemorating the American Revolution presented by the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution two years ago.

Also on Tuesday, City Council approved plans for the installation of a new traffic signal on Hempstead Road between the Costco parking lot and the McDonald’s restaurant entrances.

The signal, which was requested and will be funded by Costco, is intended to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety.

The state department of transportation still must approve it. The signal is expected to be installed next spring.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/714132_War-of-1812-will-get-space-on-Lancaster-monument.html#ixzz23e4DzPHl

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