200th Commemoration of USS Constitution vs. HMS Java during the War of 1812

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Updated 12/29/12:

At 2 pm on December 29, 2012, join the USS Constitution Museum, 1812 Marine Detachment, and USS Constitution's Captain and crew on board USS Constitution for a special ceremony honoring the men who fought on both sides. A wreath-laying ceremony and special cannon salute will mark the occasion. Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston MA


Throughout the month of December, join the USS Constitution Museum in commemorating the 200th anniversary of Constitution's victory over HMS Java on December 29, 1812. Beginning the third week of December you can explore a special exhibition of artifacts and images from the battle, including the wooden leg used by a surviving Constitution crew member.

Experience the battle and its bloody aftermath with the video, "Honors of War," playing in the Figgie Theater. Throughout the month, you can toast "Old Ironsides'" victory, just as Bostonians did during the war; work with a team to "steer" the ship; get up close and personal with the surgeon's toolkit; and sew your own surgeon's journal to take home (schedule varies).

Throughout the month, you can help create a memorial wreath in honor of the British and American sailors who lost their lives during Constitution's battle with HMS Java on December 29, 1812. Inscribe the name of a sailor or a special note of thanks on the wreath.


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