Friday, July 16, 2010

Fort McHenry

Without realizing it, we went to Fort McHenry on a holiday. Juneteenth is a celebration of emancipation, and is a state holiday in 36 states.

 

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Because of the special day, there were special events.

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Re-enactors  gave speeches and played fifes and drums.

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Dr. William Beanes told the story of how he and his friend Francis Scott Key watched the battle for Fort McHenry from a British ship. He also told about the poem Francis Scott Key wrote, which later became our national anthem.

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William Williams told how he ran away from his master to fight in the war.

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Harriet Tubman told about her fight for freedom on the Underground Railroad, and talked about the importance of emancipation.

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Then, everyone was able to help unroll a replica flag. This thing was huge! Each stripe is 2 feet in height. It took a lot of people to keep the flag from touching the ground!

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A navy man relaxing by the cannons.

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The colonel saluting his troops.

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The troops in line for review.

 

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Relaxing in the barracks.

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One of the Napoleon cannons aimed out over the water

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Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave?

It sure does, Mr. Key!

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