|Commander K. at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD|
In the past week I was fortunate enough to watch four major league baseball games in three different US cities (SF, NY and Baltimore) and also view many hours of the London Olympics -- hearty congratulations to the US Women's Soccer team in their recent 2 - 1 victory over Japan for the gold medal (and so many others)! I have, therefore, had many chances to hear different performances of the US national anthem.
|Note Napoleonic t-shirt (our ally in 1812)|
|Fort McHenry Guns|
Fort McHenry is today a National Park Service Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm). The Park Service does an excellent job with Fort McHenry. The visitor center has a well-produced short film on the battle. At the film's conclusion, the blinds onto which it had been projected rise up automatically revealing the Stars and Stripes perched on the ramparts. I must confess that it brought a tear to my eye.
|Old Glory at Fort McHenry|
At the war's conclusion, Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon had now been paid for in blood as well as coin. America would have a clear path for westward expansion to the Pacific. The United States of America would now have a rallying cry with The Star Spangled Banner. Our flag and our country were still there. The USA and Britain would never fight again.
Commander Kelly says, "If you are near Baltimore, especially in this bicentennial year of the War of 1812, be sure to visit Fort McHenry which is hallowed American ground like Gettysburg and the beaches of Normandy".
Special Thanks to Vincent Driano, a great brother-in-law.
Star Spangled Banner
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