It’s 2014. So why all of the hype about the War of 1812? What is the War of 1812 and why should I care? It’s affectionately called the “war that no one remembers.” The last few weeks, here in the Washington, DC metro area, we are celebrating the bicentennial events of the War of 1812. Trust me, I will make this history lesson brief, interesting and relevant. Promise!
A Quick Recap of the War of 1812
The War of 1812 was relatively short, lasting a little over three years. On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. On December 24, 1815, the war ended with the Treaty of Ghent.
On August 24, 1814, Washington DC, the capital of the United States, fell to British soldiers. British troops burned the White House, the Capitol, and other buildings.
On August 29, 1814, nearby Alexandria, VA, was invaded. Rather than fighting, Alexandria surrendered to the British. The British occupied Alexandria for close to a week, which gave nearby Baltimore time to prepare for battle.
After six days of occupation, the British sailed back down the Potomac to join the rest of their troops and then on September 13, they bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore. This historic event was witnessed by Francis Scott Key, and the Stars Spangled Banner was forever immortalized.
How We Celebrated the Bicentennial
We celebrated by taking a walking tour through Old Town, Alexandria, hitting all of the hot spots of the War of 1812. Rather than recreate the wheel, I have included a link to the pdf which was made as a project by one of our local Eagle Scouts. I did include a few pictures.
Pictures from the Walking Tour
Food for Thought
Alexandria made a very strategic move by surrendering. It was a calculated short term loss that was for a long term gain.
Sometimes in life you have setbacks. Sometimes in life, things don’t go the way you want them to. Sometimes in life, you lose the battle.
This is when you need to take a step back and look at the big picture. Whatever you are going through in life right now, there is a greater purpose.
Sometimes you need to just surrender and let go. Whether you surrender to God or the God of your choice, it’s not always about you. Sometimes there is a greater cause. Sometimes there is a greater good. And that is a very tough pill to swallow.
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Love, hugs, and living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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