Coast Guard to mark War of 1812 anniversary in Cleveland Harbor
Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012
By News-Herald staff
The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to participate in events intended to celebrate the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.
Among the stops is one at Cleveland Harbor, Monday through Sept. 4.
While Coast Guard activities will vary at each port venue, they will include concerts by the Coast Guard Dixieland Band; performances by the Coast Guard Color Guard and Silent Drill Team; and public tours of Coast Guard cutters.
Also, some events will feature the Coast Guard’s 1812 Historic Ship’s Company, re-enactors delivering performances in uniforms exactly like those worn in the early 19th century.
The Coast Guard will also host public MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter search and rescue demonstrations in some cities.
Coast Guard officials note that the predecessor of today’s service — the Revenue-Marine — was created within the Treasury Department in 1790.
The crews assigned to the armed vessels were charged with enforcing tariffs and other maritime laws. Officially known as the Revenue Cutter Service since 1862, the service was merged with the Life-Saving Service in 1915 to form the Coast Guard.
Just as the current Coast Guard’s role in homeland security drastically increased as a result of Sept. 11, 2001, so did its role in national defense operations as a result of the War of 1812. Since that time, the Coast Guard has played a role in every major war, suffering more than 600 fatalities.
The bicentennial commemoration provides an opportunity to recognize that history and how the Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions have expanded, the Coast Guard said in announcing the celebration plans.