On Thursday, Nov. 17 we held a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with U.S. Navy Capt. Pat Burns, director, Navy Office of Commemorations, who discussed the upcoming Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Navy’s commemoration campaign, and how it helps us tell the story of today’s Navy.
Can you imagine what America would be like without chocolate? Neither can I. But did you know that during the War of 1812 Baker’s Chocolate closed for 2 years because cacao trade was blocked by British warships? The War of 1812 was fought primarily to protect the freedom of commerce, and this freedom is vitally important still today — 90% of the goods and services we import travel by sea!
The U.S. Navy is finalizing plans to host a nationwide commemoration of the War of 1812 that will kick off in New Orleans in April 2012 and celebrations will take place in more than 14 cities across the country and in Canada – including NYC, Boston, Norfolk, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago. If you think the annual Fleet Week in NYC is big, it pales in comparison to the events planned for 2012. Each city is planning a week-long celebration with educational events intended to showcase their city’s historic role in the War of 1812. The Chief of Naval Operations has invited 120 nations to participate as well.
This is a great opportunity to learn about all the Navy is doing to commemorate this sometimes forgotten war-and the very significant role the Navy still plays in ensuring Americans way of life. After all, this was also the war that brought us the Star Spangled Banner among many other things. Tune in, and discover what those are and how you can be a part of the celebration!
For more information on The War of 1812 Commemoration, Read the Navy.mil story.