Niagara Gazette

War of 1812

June 10, 2012

Communities mark 'Declaration of War of 1812'

Communities celebrate 'Declaration of War of 1812'

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”The fact that so much of the war unfolded right here in our backyard is of utmost significance,” said Brian Merrett, chief executive officer of the Legacy Council. “Some Niagarans know very little about the War of 1812 and we want to change that by inviting everyone to commemorate its importance with us.”

In a recent interview, Alan Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, said: “The War of 1812 looms small in American memory, forgotten as insignificant because it apparently ended as a draw that changed no boundary and no policy.”

Taylor noted that most Americans barely recall the war as a few symbols of patriotism: Inspiring Francis Scott Key to compose the national anthem; the stunning encounters of the warship “Old Ironsides”; the British burning the White House and Capitol; and Andrew Jackson leading his Tennessee riflemen to victory in the Battle of New Orleans.

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