Monday, June 18, 2012

Bicentennial War of 1812 Marker Dedication

War of 1812

Bicentennial Marker Dedication

Fort Hawkins, Macon, Georgia

Today I took the opportunity to attend the National Society, United Daughters of 1812, Major Philip Cook Chapter and The Fort Hawkins Commission Bicentennial Marker Dedication.

June 18, 1812 was the day that our Congress declared War against Britian in what became known as the War of 1812.  It lasted through December 1814.

 I arrived early enough to capture several pictures which I will share here of the Fort and the Fifteen Star Flag that flew in the United States of America during this War.

 This is a view of the six inch cannon which was used at Fort Hawkins.  There was never a battle here, however the Fort was a vital logistics center during the War.

This is a photo of the Fort Hawkins Marker which was erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the Fort Hawkins Commission.

Attending were several re-enactors from the era of the War of 1812.   This hero was in conversation with the President of the Major Philip Cook Chapter prior to the dedication.

Mr. Marty Willet introduced the key note speaker.  He along with Macon City Councilman, Ed Defore were members of the original Fort Hawkins Commission.

 This is a picture of the Marker after it was unveiled.  The marker was funded by the Fort Hawkins Commission and the United States Daughters of 1812 Major Philip Cook Chapter.

As the Dedication concluded everyone in attendance recited The American's Creed by Wm Tyler Page, which I quote here:

"I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people and for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

"I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag and to defend it against all enemies."

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