State unveils plans for War of 1812 bicentennial

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With cannon booms, a drum roll and the Navy at the ready, Maryland officials unveiled its plans Thursday to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a series of events designed to showcase the state’s role in the conflict.

The Pride of Baltimore II, numerous Navy vessels, the Coast Guard's Eagle and at least 10 other tall ships, many from foreign shores, will berth at the Inner Harbor in June to launch the commemoration. Organizers expect about one million people to attend the weeklong event.

There will be fireworks, rowing competitions and living-history displays. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is set to present a new overture.

Celebrations similar to the one planned for Baltimore Harbor June 13-19 will take place in New Orleans, Norfolk, Va., New York and Boston.

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