Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fort McHenry

Saturday, April, 15th, we drove to Baltimore, MD, to see Fort McHenry National Monument.  It is where the Battle of Baltimore took place during the War of 1812 between the United States and England. Frances Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner from a ship in the harbor, while watching the British try to bomb Fort McHenry into defeat. In the early morning, after a 25 hour battle, he waited for the smoke to clear to see if the United States flag was still flying and it was.  The visitor's center has a inspiring film that tells the story. The fort is shaped like a star so they could put cannons on each star point.  A flag, flies in the exact spot as one did the morning after the 25 hour battle. We loved the film and the grounds. Look up the story.  A great place to take family.

Aerial view

The are getting the cannons out and refurbished for the summer.

Entrance to the harbor where the British bombed the fort.

Something about a uniform....

'Tis the star-spangled banner!  Oh long may it wave o're the land of the free and the home of the brave!