war of 1812

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The War of 1812 is often an overlooked part of history in the United States.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Two centuries after the British and United States squared off at the War of 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights, the Native American allies of the two sides were remembered Sunday as the Landscape of Nations was unveiled in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Mike Desmond was there for the first viewings of the Six Nations and Native Allies Commemorative Memorial.


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It’s sometimes called “the forgotten war,” and this weekend, local residents will have a chance to learn more about the War of 1812 in a unique way.

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While some major wars ended more than 200 years ago, history buffs say they should never be forgotten. The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program recently awarded two federal grants to two entities to learn more about sites in Western New York.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While Western New Yorkers are marking Flag Day, there were three special occasions marked Tuesday morning at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, including the dedication of a garden celebrating two centuries of friendship with America's northern neighbor.


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The lands along the Niagara River are serene and peaceful today, but two centuries ago, during the War of 1812, they were awash in blood as neighbors fought neighbors and brothers fought brothers.


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A stretch of undeveloped land along the Niagara River in Lewiston is about $100,000 away from having a new owner. The Western New York Land Conservancy has nearly the full amount required to buy 29 acres from the Sister of St. Francis, to be maintained as a nature preserve.

War of 1812 bicentennial wraps up with yearlong events

Apr 17, 2014
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The Buffalo History Museum kicked-off the last year of the War of 1812 bicentennial Wednesday with the firing of muskets.  This year a series of events will take place across western New York to commemorate the bloody battles of the war between the United States and Canada, and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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The War of 1812 will be the theme of the Buffalo History Museum's new fundraising event this Friday. The first-ever Wine War will be held at Hotel @ the Lafayette.  The History Museum has subtitled the event  a "Spirited Skirmishes across the Niagara Frontier". 

War of 1812: WBFO's Radio Series

Dec 7, 2012

WBFO News presented a five part series on the War of 1812 as this marks the bicentennial year of the War of 1812, a war that saw the United States attack Canada for grievances against England.

WBFO News contributor Rich Kellman produced the stories.  If you missed them, here are all five stories that aired December 3-7, 2012. 

War of 1812: Part V - Heroes and Villains

Dec 7, 2012

This is the bicentennial year of the War of 1812, a war that saw the United States attack Canada for grievances against England.  There was no clear winner, but we have plenty of stories about heroes and villains from that war.  WBFO News contributor Rich Kellman has some of those stories.

The war of 1812 changed  lives all along the Niagara frontier. it was savage on land and on the water where British and American warships fought for control of the great lakes.  WBFO News contributor Rich Rellman reports on this bicentennial of the war of 1812.

War of 1812: Part III - American Ships

Dec 5, 2012

The War of 1812 changed lives all along the Niagara Frontier.  It was savage on land and on the water where British and American warships fought for control of the Great Lakes.  WBFO News contributor Rich Kellman reports on this bicentennial of the War of 1812.

War of 1812: Part II - Death and Disease

Dec 4, 2012
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The War of 1812 was brutal and ugly.  The bulk of the casualties were on the Niagara Frontier. More than 20,000 died in the war, 15,000 from disease alone.

War of 1812: Part I - A Nasty War

Dec 3, 2012

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812.  It was a savage war  that neither side won, but which changed the lives of generations of people along the Niagara Frontier.  WBFO News contributor Rich Kellman begins a week-long series of reports with a look at how the war began.

Navy Week begins on Buffalo waterfront

Sep 10, 2012

Naval vessels from the U.S. and Canada are set to drop anchor at Buffalo for the Navy Week.  
 

More than a dozen military ships from both nations, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and several historic tall ships are expected to participate in the weeklong event, which starts Monday and runs through September 17.  

Ship tours, music, a boat parade and special ceremonies are among the activities being offered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and other locations in the region.  

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It's been two hundred years since the bloody battles of the War of 1812, and an intimate group gathered in Delaware Park yesterday to celebrate the friendship between the US and Canada that has existed since that conflict.

Great Britain and a number of Native American tribes took part in the war as well. During the war, the Village of Buffalo was burned and, to this day, 300 American soldiers remain buried under the meadow in Delaware Park.

The celebration included a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, an Air Force flyover and Native American dances.
 

provided by Patrick Kavanagh

It may have taken 200 years, but dozens of war veterans who died in Buffalo will receive a more appropriate memorial on Monday.

A commemorative stone will be unveiled at the Gate Eight of the Buffalo Zoo directing attention to the virtually unmarked grave in the heart of the Delaware Park golf course where 300 people are buried.

America honors its heroes, but little respect has been given to these War of 1812 veterans, whose story has been largely untold.

Patrick Kavanagh, Forest Lawn historian, was eager to tell it on a recent sit down inside the cemetery chapel.