Ft. McHenry

Flag at Ft. McHenry.For those of you living in the area I want to tell you about a wonderful event that just happened.  Flag Day at Ft. McHenry. Over the years my family has gone many times. The kids are all grown now but it was a beautiful evening so this past Friday my husband and I attended.  Attendance at the celebration was the least I have ever seen but we had a wonderful picnic while listening to the bands and singers, watching 18 people be sworn in as US citizens and then enjoying the fireworks to the accompaniment of the 229th Army Band.  Presentation of the state flags.With a National Landmark so near I hope you will mark you calendars and enjoy the opportunity  next year.  They have events throughout the summer.  If you are looking for a distanation for an afternoon it was a beautiful spot for a picnic. Check out Ft.McHenry for more information on upcoming programs.
Presentation of the colors.While I was at the Flag Day celebration I learned The Maryland Historical Society was about to begin work recreating the 30x 42 foot Star Spangled Banner flag! I was excited to find out they are going to be sharing this with the general public.  The flag will be sewn during the same six-week period that Mary Pickersgill did the original 200 years ago. Once complete the flag will be flown over Fort McHenry this year on Defender’s Day, September 14th.  From there it will be used for school programs and other events during the Bicentennial Year of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. In 2014 it will then be transported to the Smithsonian’s American History Museum where the original is on display.
I called today to volunteer to do a section.  I can’t tell you how excited I am. I’ll let you know how it goes in a future post.
The dates for the public sewing days are Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday August 11th. For more information and to sign up visit www.mdhs.org/events or email events@mdhs.org or call 410-685-3750 Ext. 350
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