Coast Guard to support War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration events in Toledo

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsTOLEDO — The Coast Guard is scheduled to participate in events to celebrate the commemoration of the War of 1812 at various venues in Toledo, Thursday through Sunday, as well as in other cities across the Great Lakes region, through August and September.

The Toledo commemoration will include performances by War of 1812 reenactors in the Coast Guard Historic Ship’s Company, performances by the Coast Guard’s silent drill team, tours aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, and special events recognizing the Coast Guard, America’s premier maritime first responder for more than 200 years.

The Revenue Cutter Service, originally named the Revenue-Marine, was established in 1790 and played a significant role in the War of 1812. The modern Coast Guard was established in 1915, when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the US Life-Saving Service.

Just as the current Coast Guard’s role in homeland security drastically increased as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, so did its role in national defense operations as a result of the War of 1812.

Since then, the Coast Guard has played a role in every major war, and the bicentennial commemoration provides an opportunity to recognize that history in Toledo.

The War of 1812 began because Britain continued to interfere with American trade and shipping on the waters and on the frontier following the Revolutionary War.

U.S. Navy crews aboard the USS De Wert and USS Hurricane are scheduled to arrive in Toledo and the Maumee River to take part in bicentennial commemoration events as well. Click here for important safety information regarding naval vessel protection zones enforced around transiting and moored U.S. naval vessels.

The scheduled list of dates of Coast Guard events in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration celebrations in Toledo are:

Aug. 23
Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay tours 4 p.m. International Park,
26 Main Street
Toledo, OH 43666
Aug. 24
Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay tours 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. International Park
Coast Guard historian talk Noon – 7 p.m. International Park
Aug. 25
Historic Ship’s Company re-enactment and
Coast Guard historian talk
Noon – 7 p.m. International Park
Coast Guard rescue helicopter
search-and-rescue demonstration
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Promenade Park
250 Water Street,
Toledo, OH 43604
Aug. 26
Historic Ship’s Company re-enactment noon – 7 p.m. International Park

More specific information about public events and media opportunities will be released when it becomes available.

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