The 198th Anniversary of Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:45 pm
The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, presented The 198th Anniversary of the Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 2013.
The Ceremonial Wreath laying was held in the Hermitage Garden.
Regent of “The Ladies’ Hermitage Association”, Emily J. Reynolds, brought the welcome.
The Presentation of the Colors was given by the Tennessee Army National Guard Color Guard, and Specialist Mary “MC” Potts sang the National Anthem.
The invocation was given by Reverend Jim Moran, of Hermitage Presbyterian Church.
Special remarks were given by President, Tennessee State Society United States Daughters of 1812, Charlotte Miller, of Knoxville, TN.
The Keynote Address was given by Jon Meachan. He remarked, “Andrew Jackson was a man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.
Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy.
Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics.
Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.
Jackson was a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the architect of the presidency as we know it.
Jackson also was the architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands.
He was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. He was alternately kind and vicious, brilliant and blind, and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safe no matter what it took.”
Next was the ceremonial placement of wreaths. Jon Meacham and Emily J.Reynolds laid a wreath on Andrew Jackson’s tomb while TN State President U.S.D of 1812 Charlotte Miller and Honorary TN State President U.S.D.1812 and Honorary CuratorNational, Bettie Gustafson, laid a wreath on Rachel Jackson’s tomb.
Taps was played by Russ Burris.
Closing remarks was given by President and CEO, The Hermitage, Howard J.Kittell. Tennessee U.S. Daughters of 1812 had their annual photo made on the steps of the tomb and later went to the Hermitage Smorgasbord Restaurant to have lunch together. Twenty three daughters were in attendance for this event.
Published in The WCP 1.17.13