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Organization requesting participation in celebration of War of 1812 bicentennial

5/17/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

June 18, 2012 will mark the bicentennial of the declaration of the War of 1812 by President James Madison. As president of the William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812, I would like to ask all churches, city buildings, schools, etc. to Ring the Bells for the Spirit of 1812 at noon on June 18 to celebrate the bicentennial of 200 years of peace!

At that same time, the Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812, in conjunction with the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, will present the 1812 Star-Spangled Banner flag to Summit County Executive Russ Pry.

By commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, we will not only honor the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died in the war, but will celebrate the lasting peace that came forth after the War of 1812 ended. The United States, Canada and Great Britain joined as allies in two world wars and continue to depend on each other. The United States and Canada continue to share the longest undefended border in the world measuring 5,525 miles long.

Our chapter has worked tirelessly to find and photograph the graves of the 350 veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Summit County. Photos of the grave markers and a listing of the veterans with grave locations have been supplied to all cemeteries and townships. The Summit County Veterans Administration is providing War of 1812 flag holders for each veteran of this war in Summit County. The Wetmore chapter will be delivering them before Memorial Day, and we hope to see American flags waving at the graves of these veterans, most for the first time in the 200 years since the War. We would also like to ask those of you responsible for Memorial Day speeches to remember these courageous but forgotten veterans of the War of 1812 buried in these cemeteries.

For information on the War of 1812 bicentennial events going on in Summit County, along with other information on the war and our veterans, please see the Wetmore Chapter website at sharonmyers1.tripod.com/.

Sharon Myers, Stow

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