War of 1812: Their legacy our heritage

Two hundred years ago, the United States, independent for less than 30 years, went to war with Great Britain to preserve its economy, its way of life and its independence. Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2015, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and historic moments that occurred throughout the war, including the birth of The Star Spangled Banner.

As part of the commemoration, Compass would like to share with you the historic ships, patriots and moments that laid the foundation for our great nation. Check with us throughout the year as we join in celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The bow of Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque. Eagle transited from New London, Conn., to New Orleans to participate in the War of 1812 commemoration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

The bow of Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque. Eagle transited from New London, Conn., to New Orleans to participate in the War of 1812 commemoration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle pulls into New Orleans today and will be part of New Orleans Navy Week – the inaugural city in a three-year national celebration commemorating the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. The 2012 celebration will take place April 17 to 23, featuring a colorful spectacle of ships spreading on the East Bank of the Mississippi River.

The theme, “Our Flag Was Still There,” will mark the festivities in seven ports and across the country. In each of the port cities, beginning with New Orleans, ships will be open for public visiting, and citizens will have the opportunity to interact with sailors from around the world.

To kick off the festivities, watch the below video, featuring Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Atlantic Area commander, as he discusses the Coast Guard’s everlasting legacy from the War of 1812.

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