June 14, 2009

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day and so a group of us went to Fort McHenry, home of the Star-Spangled Banner, to take part in the festivities there. The Fort is one of Baltimore's treasures, sitting just about a mile east of here on the end of a penninsula. I talked a bit about the Fort here, last summer.This evening's festivities included lots of patriotic music, the Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance at exactly 7:00 p.m., more music, a parade of the state flags and more music. Oh, there was also lots of eating and drinking - prosecco with fresh raspberries... yum!Just as the sun was setting, a group of Maryland National Guardsmen went on to the top of the ramparts, and laid a wreath in memory of those who've fallen. Then a lone trumpeter played Taps.

Then it was time for fireworks! There's nothing better than watching fireworks over the water, especially when they're shot from a barge moored right off the Fort.Happy Flag Day!


  1. Boy, am I a numpty.
    I had no idea today was Flag Day.
    Cooking, knitting and reading all day .... one gets left behind.

  2. first of all; great pix! secondly, if there was a promise of prosecco and raspberries, i would celebrate pretty much any holiday you could think of.

    so why do they recite the pledge at exactly 7pm? is there a special significance?


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