The War of 1812, sometimes called “the forgotten conflict,” was a 2.5-year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion. It also helped forge our national identity and gave us our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Our commemoration of the bicentennial of the war began last year with the USS Constitution stamp. The subject for the second year of the war is the Battle of Lake Erie, which took place on September 10, 1813.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, for the official dedication of the Battle of Lake Erie Forever® stamp. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. We hope to see you there!