Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

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Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration
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(Photo/Laura Sikes)

By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria

To the editor:

The grand celebration of the War of 1812 in Waterfront Park and on the Potomac River brought together an incredible group of historians, artists, archaeologists, sailors, bankers, water bearers, musicians, athletes, the Old Guard and many more. It was astonishingly well done. Huzzah!

Despite the heat of August 31, organizers and participants enthusiastically educated a throng of adults and children. They brought the period of 1812 to 1814 in Alexandria back to life. It was thrilling to watch the Old Guard march while yachts raced on the river behind them. Boating for pleasure remains in the hearts of Old Towners. Huzzah!

And many thanks to the sponsors and all the volunteers behind the scenes who made this a grand experience of “The World Turned Upside Down” (and 5,000 glasses of water!). Our historians, artists, sailors and friends have set a high standard. The city’s assessment of the resources and best outcomes for this event are eagerly awaited. Huzzah!

 

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