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Man the yards! It's 1812 in New Orleans

Specialist 1st Class Kenneth W. Robinson / U.S. Navy via Reuters

Ecuadorian sailors aboard the Ecuadorian tall ship BAE Guayas man the yardarms as they arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana in conjunction with the The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration in this handout photo taken April 17.

Specialist 1st Class Kenneth W. Robinson / U.S. Navy via Reuters

Ecuadorian sailors aboard the Ecuadorian tall ship BAE Guayas man the yardarms as they arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana in conjunction with the The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration in this handout photo taken April 17,

 From Reuters:

NEW ORLEANS — A parade of naval vessels and square-rigged sailing ships made their way on Tuesday up the Mississippi River to New Orleans under threatening skies, kicking off a national bicentennial commemoration of U.S. victory in the War of 1812.

Often called the second War of Independence, the conflict is best known because much of Washington, including the White House, was burned by the British before the United States prevailed.  To read more on the bicentennial click here for the rest of the story.