A call for citizens to “Ring the Bells for 1812″ has been issued by the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has answered the call and urges all Americans to ring bells at noon Monday, June 18th, to mark the bicentennial of the start of the war.
Following closely on the heels of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 helped cement American independence, and firmly reinforced to European nations a clear concept of American identity – that of a people willing to fight for their freedom against overwhelming odds, and win.
It was during this war that the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner, later to become our national anthem, were written by Francis Scott Key.
Andrew Jackson led a coalition of American fighters to victory against superior odds at the battle of New Orleans and the American Navy, led by the USS Constitution to win an unexpected victory against renowned British Naval forces, energized the American public with the resolve to fight the war to a successful conclusion.
The Navy proved that it was essential to our nation’s defense and prosperity by protecting national commerce, enforcing trade laws, and ensuring freedom of the seas.
The Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner honors this legacy and reminds Americans that freedom of the seas and the free flow of commerce remain as important to our nation today as they were 200 years ago. -Submitted by Carla Brown, James Stewart Chapter NSDAR