Mayor Ricky Gottman recently declared Monday, June 18, as a day that Vandalia will commemorate to remember the men who served in the War of 1812.
The War of 1812 was actually a continuation of the Revolutionary War fought some 40 years earlier.
Although America won the day in 1776, the British weren’t done, and organized with the Indians in Canada to keep the fire against the Americans burning.
In Illinois, Territorial Gov. Ninian Edwards was charged with protecting the settlers throughout the territory.