POMEROY — An observance of the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812 held at the Meigs County Courthouse Monday featured the raising of the bicentennial flag and remarks from speakers in tribute to those Meigs Countians who served in that war.
The ceremony opened with the raising of the flag by Legionnaire Wayne Thomas of Drew Webster Post 39 which also had participation from the unit’s honor guard who gave a gun salute to conclude the program. The flag, which will fly until July 3 and then be reserved for future events, has 15 stars and 15 stripes. Flags were provided by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission to every county in the state.
Keith Ashley, president of the Ohio Society of the War of 1812, an organization of descendants of veterans of that war, gave introductory remarks regarding Meigs County’s participation, and then read the list of over 150 men who served, many of which are buried in marked graves in the county’s cemeteries.
Historian Scott Britten of Marietta spoke about the war and related stories about the role local soldiers played in bringing the three year conflict to a conclusion.
Meigs County Commissioner Tom Anderson presided at the observance which opened with Hal Kneen singing the National Anthem and the Rev. Thomas Johnson giving the invocation. The benediction was given by Brian Dunham after which church bells tolled in tribute to those who served in the War of 1812, and to all war veterans, living and deceased.