A 15-star, 15-stripe War of 1812 commemorative American flag was raised in front of the Harford County administrative building in Bel Air Thursday afternoon, one of five that will fly over county government buildings for the next 22 months.
Executive Order 13-3, issued by Harford County Executive David Craig, directs that the commemorative War of 1812 flag also will be flown at the Harford County Council building in Bel Air, the Harford County Courthouse, the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air and the Havre de Grace Activity Center.
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and Harford County's involvement in the conflict, Craig's order states the War of 1812 Commemorative flag will continue to flown at those locations through Dec. 24, 2014, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent that ended the war.
"As part of our state, and specifically the Chesapeake Region, commemoration of the War of 1812, Harford County will proudly display the 15-star and 15-stripe War of 1812 Flag at various locations in the county through December of 2014," Craig said in a media release.
"The City of Havre de Grace was directly engaged in the war and was attacked by the British on May 3, 1813 resulting in much of the town being destroyed," added Craig, a Havre de Grace native, who has written extensively about the history of his hometown.
The 15-star and 15-stripe American flag was the contemporary and official flag of the nation during the War of 1812, as well as the "Star Spangled Banner Flag" that flew over Fort McHenry during the defense of Baltimore from British attack. The U.S. Federal Flag Code permits the War of 1812 flag to be flown, the county media release notes.
"Due to Harford County's long involvement in the War of 1812, the loss of lives and property, I believe it is only fitting that this year, 2013, should be celebrated as the bicentennial year to recognize this significant chapter in the history of our county, state and nation," Craig said.