Two-hundred years ago the United States went to war with Great Britain to preserve its economy and its independence. With the war of 1812 underway, the United States Navy took on Great Britain’s fleet and proved to be a great force of innovation while they kept the sea and America safe.
It was during the War of 1812, often referred to as the “Second War of Independence”, that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Navy proved to be essential to our nation’s defense by ensuring the safety of the seas. The Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 honors the legacy of the United States Navy and reminds Americans that freedom is just as important to our country today as it was two hundred years ago.
Throughout 2012 and through 2015, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard are commemorating the War of 1812 by holding grand events throughout the country. As part of this celebration, the U.S. Navy conducts Navy Weeks across the country to share the story of the Navy with people from all over.
The United States Navy has selected Chicago as one of its Navy Week home bases for 2012. Chicago Navy Week will run in conjunction with the commemoration of the War of 1812 and week-long events will be taking place in Chicago to recognize America’s Navy, August 13-20 culminating with the Chicago Air and Water Show
At Navy Pier, five active ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royan Canadian Navy will be docked and available for public tours, August 16 – 19. Navy Pier will also host performances by U.S. Navy bands in the Landshark Beer Garden.
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