NEW ORLEANS — Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission are unveiling plans for commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
Events will be held throughout the state next year to commemorate the time an outnumbered, ragtag group of Louisianians led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British army in Chalmette. Events including museum exhibits and re-enactments will culminate with a formal commemoration Jan. 8, 2015, the 200th anniversary of the Battle.
“The Battle of New Orleans has always interested me,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “It is important to commemorate the Battle and use its 200th anniversary as an opportunity to educate Louisianians and the rest of the world about what is widely regarded as the Americans’ greatest victory of the War of 1812.”
In addition to events, Lt. Governor Dardenne unveiled the 2014 general-issue license plate. It features the Battle of New Orleans Commission logo and www.LouisianaTravel.com. Plate distribution will begin at motor vehicle offices throughout the state in early 2014.
The Office of the Lt. Governor is also producing an education curriculum to be distributed throughout the state to K – 12 teachers. The curriculum will focus on the Battle and its importance in positioning Louisiana as a powerhouse in the young nation.
Henson Moore, Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission chairman also made a plea for donations to support commemoration events and memorials through the nonprofit organization created to help fund the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission.
"The Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans is an opportunity to restore the historic significance of this Battle which has through the years has diminished,” Moore said. “We intend to remind our people of this decisive victory in our second war of independence and the fact that it did have to be fought. We also hope to enhance the visitor's experience to Chalmette Battlefield."
The U.S. and Great Britain have remained strong allies since the War of 1812 and representatives from Great Britain are expected to participate in the commemoration. For more information on the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial visit www.BattleOfNewOrleans2015.com.