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BLOG: Local history buffs remember two wars

Tom Jackson • Jun 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

If you like history and you live in the Sandusky area, events in the next few days should interest you.

The Ohio Veterans Home is playing host to a Civil War encampment on Friday night and during the day Saturday and Sunday. If you make it over, don't forget to check out the Ohio Veterans Home Museum.

Monday is the anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. There are three day of events planned from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the Perry Memorial at Put-in-Bay.

Ohio's War of 1812 commission has bought replicas of the 1812 U.S. flag for all of Ohio's 88 county governments, so counties across the state will be holding flag raising ceremonies on Monday.

There will be a ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Erie County Courthouse to raise the county's replica of the 15-star, 15-stripe "Star Spangled Banner" flag that inspired the national anthem. Members of the Sons of the American Revolution will be in uniform for the event. Church bells will ring, as they rang across the country 200 years ago when the war began, said Janice O'Neil of Vermilion, a member of the Daughters of the War of 1812.

A similar ceremony will be held at 11:45 a.m. Monday in Norwalk at the Huron County Courthouse, 2 East Main Street. Ottawa County's ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the county courthouse in Port Clinton.

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