Nearly two dozen companies will sponsor Maryland's bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, contributing more than $5 million, the nonprofit group planning the events said Monday.

Constellation Energy will become one of the biggest corporate sponsors, joining previously announced companies AT&T — the top sponsor, with a more than $1 million contribution — and Papa John's. Other sponsors announced Monday include Legg Mason, M&T Bank, Pepsi and Under Armour.

In addition, the state government has pledged $6 million for the three-year effort, said Star-Spangled 200, the nonprofit affiliate of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, which is planning the commemoration.

Maryland's role in the War of 1812 will be celebrated this month, with an international maritime festival and air show planned for June 13 to 19 at the Inner Harbor.

Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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