On Feb. 29, Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland announced on the Senate floor that he will introduce a resolution that will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and celebrate the heroism displayed by Americans during what is often referred to as the “Second War of Independence.” Two days later on March 2, the resolution passed with a unanimous consent by the United States Senate.

S. Res 388 commemorates “the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ and recognizes the historical significance, heroic human endeavor, and sacrafice of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Revenue Marine Service, and State militias during the War of 1812.”

“This Resolution recognizes that the War of 1812 was a critical event in our nation’s early history and it helped secure our nation’s independence from Great Britain,” Sen. Cardin said. “It also honors Francis Scott Key who during the defense of Fort McHenry wrote ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ which later became our national anthem.”

Cardin also stated that the resolution recognizes the important role Maryland played to ensure victory, and that he hopes the resolution will “encourage all Americans to remember and celebrate the war that ultimately guaranteed our freedom.”