Former Senate President David L. Williams recently appointed State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) to the Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
The 18-member commission, which includes state agencies and at-large members, will work on a broad range of educational programs that will commemorate Kentucky’s role in the War of 1812.
Higdon stated, “I am honored to be reappointed to this commission which works to educate our citizens on the vital role played by Kentuckians in this conflict.”
Kentucky suffered more casualties in the war than all the other states combined, with Kentuckians being 64 percent of all Americans killed. Many counties around the Commonwealth are named after prominent casualties or officers of the war. The Commission hopes to complete key heritage tourism initiatives, including working with Kentucky sites that have War of 1812 connections and highlighting the state historical markers that pertain to the war.