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Governor Martin O'Malley issued an Executive Order on September 8, 2007 to create the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.  The Commission is planning a multi-year cultural tourism and educational initiative to commemorate Maryland's unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation including the pivotal clash that ensured American victory, an iconic flag, and our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Read more about the Commission's initiatives in Star-Spangled 200: A National Bicentennial in Maryland or watch the video below.


Learn more about Star-Spangled 200, Inc.'s fundraising efforts.

To view a snapshot of the Commission's current activities, download a copy of our brochure Discover America in Maryland.

Mission, Vision, Goals and Themes
The mission, vision and goals for the Commission and War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration will guide the actions and investments of the Commission and have been shaped by input from stakeholder across the state.  

The mission of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is to stimulate and coordinate investment in the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 for maximum benefit to Marylanders.  

The bicentennial of the
War of 1812 is a one-time chance to elevate Maryland globally as a premier location to live, work and visit, and to increase economic opportunities for Marylanders. 


Inclusion and statewide participation
To ensure all Marylanders have the opportunity to participate and benefit from bicentennial activities.

Resource stewardship
To ensure all resources in Maryland related to the War of 1812 are identified, protected, sustainably developed and interpreted.

To ensure all Marylanders have engaging opportunities to learn and that Maryland is recognized as the most important portal to understanding the significance and relevance of the events of the War of 1812.

Tourism and economic development
To ensure increased tourism investments and expenditures from which all Marylanders have opportunity to benefit.


Maryland is a special American place that excels in inspiring invention and creativity.

Marylanders have always been an especially diverse people, who have led the nation when working together for a common purpose.

Marylanders excel at executing sound plans to ensure the security of the state and nation.

Marylanders have exhibited extraordinary courage, even when faced with overwhelming odds, in defense of our freedoms.

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