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Vote for or against War of 1812 in online game

Monday - 5/21/2012, 11:07am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Park Service is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with a new online game.

Players assume the role of congressmen deciding whether to declare war against Britain and cast their vote. To help them decide, players can also read more about the issues surrounding the war before voting.

The online game is to be introduced Monday morning at Baltimore's Fort McHenry, a pivotal battleground in the war. The defense of the fort during the war inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," which later became the national anthem.

The Park Service says rangers in period attire will play characters from the time and be joined by schoolchildren and Rep. John Sarbanes.

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Online:

Cast Your Vote _ http://www.nps.gov/fomc/castyourvote/


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