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This bronze sculpture is a memorial to the War of 1812.
Commissioned by The Westchester County, NY Veterans' Association, it is located at Lasdon Park in Somers, New York, in an area called the Trail of Honor.
Unveiled in 2004, it subsequently was listed in the
National Monuments Registry, under both title and artist, Barbara Lepak.
In researching the War of 1812, I came across some interesting facts. It is considered the first world war as it was fought off the coasts of Europe as well as north and south America, and on land in Canada and the fledgling U.S. One in ten of U.S. sailors on the Great Lakes were free blacks.
The sorrow of the families who lost their loved ones in a war was brought home to me when my dad, George E. Blowers, who served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during WWII, died a couple of days before the unveiling, and it broke my heart. He survived the war, lived a long and fruitful life, had a family and career. I don't think he ever forgot that he was one of the lucky ones. The veterans in attendance that day very kindly gave me their condolences, and challenge coins.