Commemoration of War of 1812 hero to take place in Black Rock

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Friday, 05 October 2012

The Black Rock Community Council and the Connecticut Society, United States Daughters of 1812 announce the official unveiling of Commodore Isaac Chauncey plaque at his boyhood home at 150 Seabright Ave. The dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m..

The master of ceremonies for this event will be Richard Iannucci, Commander of the Port 5 Naval Veterans from Bridgeport and the keynote speaker will be Betty Oderwald, president of the Connecticut Society, United States Daughters of 1812. Other participants in the ceremony include the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band and the Firing Squad from VFW Post 9460, Stratford.

An official mayoral proclamation will also be presented, declaring Saturday, October 13, 2012 as “Isaac Chauncey Day” in Bridgeport. A reception will immediately follow at the Port 5 Naval Veterans clubhouse.

Born in 1772 in Black Rock, Chauncey went on to become the Great Lakes naval commander during the War of 1812. Chauncey also fought in both wars against the Barbary Pirates and served as president of the Board of U.S. Naval Commissioners from 1837 until his death in 1840.

The formal recognition of Chauncey’s career is taking place on the 237th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Navy and the bicentennial year of the War of 1812.

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