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This Is Why We Stand: The Battle of Stonington Preview


The reminders of why we stand and honor the flag are in every corner of this beautiful country. In 1814, these two 18-pound cannons were used to defend the tiny seaport of Stonington, Connecticut against a mighty squadron of ships from the British Navy. Those ships had a combined 160 cannon. They fired 50 tons of ammunition at the village. The small Stonington militia held its ground for four days until the British ships sailed away. The men of Stonington did not have the firepower, manpower, or logistical capabilities of their foe, but they did have the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of the world. That weapon is the American spirit.

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