BOSTON (AP) — A ceremony aboard the USS Constitution will commemorate the 205th anniversary of a battle the warship fought in 1812.
The ceremony on Friday to mark the anniversary of the battle between the USS Constitution and the HMS Java will include a gun salute from the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and a moment of silence.
The three-and-a-half hour battle with the British Royal Navy ship left the Constitution damaged and her captain wounded from shrapnel. But the Constitution prevailed in what’s considered a turning point for the naval fight in the War of 1812.
The Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the war with Britain.
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The USS Constitution’s 75th Commanding Officer Cmdr. Nathaniel Shick and others will participate in the anniversary events.