Originally made in 1813 to inspire American sailors going into battle, this historic flag and its motto have, for two hundred years, continued to inspire all who serve their country, especially those in the U.S. Navy.
That summer, British troops had occupied Detroit and depended on supplies shipped across Lake Erie. Robert Heriot Barclay, a veteran officer in the Royal Navy, was given the mission of protecting the shipping. American Oliver Hazard Perry was ordered to stop it.
On September 9, 1813, the opposing fleets battled for two grueling hours.Read more »