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.
Because of the special day, there were special events.
Re-enactors gave speeches and played fifes and drums.
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.
William Williams told how he ran away from his master to fight in the war.
Harriet Tubman told about her fight for freedom on the Underground Railroad, and talked about the importance of emancipation.
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!
A navy man relaxing by the cannons.
The colonel saluting his troops.
The troops in line for review.
Relaxing in the barracks.
One of the Napoleon cannons aimed out over the water
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave?
It sure does, Mr. Key!