Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, March 6, 2010
The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is creeping up on us. How are we going to commemorate it? Apparently some are giving it some serious thought. The state of Maryland has been working on doing something since 2007, as has the Washington D.C. based War of 1812 Commission. Then there’s Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and even the state of Georgia. It seems the Governor of New York, David Paterson doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of history after vetoing the money needed to run its own state bicentennial commission. In Canada there’s something called the Niagara Legacy Council which appears to be a big partnership. Provincially there’s Discover1812.com, on local levels there’s something from the Niagara Falls Museum thinking about how to memorialize the War of 1812, Fort Erie’s on board, and I’m glad to see that Hamilton, where several key events of the war occured, such as the Battle of Stoney Creek and the Bloody Assize in Ancaster, has been considering an action plan since 2007.