In the year 1854, a National Convention of surviving soldiers and sailors of the War of 1812 assembled at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA. At that Convention, representatives from across the United States joined to form an organization that cultivates and maintains a love of country and seeks to preserve the memory of those who served during the Second War for Independence. The Society of the War of 1812 commemorates the sacrifices of our heroic forefathers who risked their lives and their fortunes for their country’s sake. Our members are comprised of descendants of those brave individuals. The Group Today The Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania seeks to preserve the history and memory of those Pennsylvanians who took part in the War of 1812. We remember the War of 1812 with an annual meeting in March, and a number of other events. This year has been a busy one for us. March 8, 2014 our Annual Meeting was held at the Corinthian Yacht Club. April 2, 2014 we held a joint speaker evening at Merion Cricket Club. Jeremy Black, renowned Professor of History at Exeter University, Great Britain, spoke to us on “The International Context of the War of 1812, both Military and Political.” July 13 we held an annual BBQ at Merion Golf. Coming up we have our Grand Bicentennial Banquet on September 20. Speaker will be Glenn Williams, Historian of the National Museum of the U.S. Army Project at Ft. Belvoir Glenn Williams' Talk will be: “Smith Was Not A Winder.” It covers the respective defenses of Washington and Baltimore in 1814: It Was More Than Fort McHenry. In the spring we continue to support ROTC units, providing an 1812 ROTC Award to colleges in Pennsylvania, and as often as possible, a presenter. We are always looking for other events to participate in. If you know of something related to our War worth considering, please use the CONTACT US page to give us the details. As a result of the war.... While not a large and devastating war, it established the USA as a full fledged nation in the eyes of the world. The War of 1812 brought the United States of America the respect the Revolutionary War established on a tentative basis. A Encouraged the USA to become a largely self-sufficient commercial and manufacturing economy. A Opened the western USA for expansion. A Created a spirit of national unity. A Brought about a reunion with Great Britain whose cultural values had become the heritage of our Republic, a bond of friendship and mutual assistance that has flourished and grown over the years. A Opened two centuries of peace with our Canadian neighbors. A Brought us our National Anthem,“The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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