A panoramic view of Ft. McHenry where on September 14, 1814, American forces turned back the British invasion of Baltimore. When the following morning Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying above the fort, he penned "The Star-Bangled Banner," a.k.a. the National Anthem.
In honor of the occasion, volunteers for the Maryland Historical Society made a full-sized replica of the Star-Bangled Banner using period materials and methods. The "Stitchers," as they were known, received a pin and ribbon like the ones worn here by Katie-Bar-The-Door.
Active duty Marines donned the uniforms of their 200 year old counterparts and demonstrated the proper technique for firing an early 19th century cannon.
Mr Boh keeps an eye on us all.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.
Gov. Martin O'Malley and the horse he rode in on.
Preparing to hoist the flag. At thirty feet by forty-two feet, they needed the entire parade ground to unfold it.
And there it goes ...
Long may she wave. Note the unique design: fifteen stars, fifteen stripes.
Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
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