A key moment in American history is coming to life in Detroit this September. The U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guards are joining with civilian groups to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in a series of special events in Detroit September 4-10, 2012. The War of 1812 set into motion forces that made the United States a global maritime superpower, and also inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the U.S. national anthem. Navy war ships and an exact replica of the Brig Niagara will moor along the Detroit riverfront and be available for civilians to tour. Come and view these ships to celebrate and learn more about American history and the role Detroit played in this significant battle. Plans include concerts (Darryl Worley; and Navy & Marine band performances), parades, Blue Angel air shows, and other activities that celebrate the naval role in keeping the sea free for over 200 years. Come celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a Navy Festival each day. All events take place on the riverfront unless noted. Most, but not all, will be free. For a daily schedule of events, visit the website link. For additional information, call (734) 223-6968.