Monday, June 13, 2011

Flag Day - June 14, 2011

Tomorrow, June 14, 2011, we celebrate Flag Day. This photograph is one of my favorites of Old Glory. It was taken at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. We have been taking our children to visit the fort since they were youngsters. Their favorite activities were walking the seawall, climbing the fort walls, and exploring the officer barracks.

If you ever have the chance to visit our fair city the fort should be on your agenda. The tour begins with a short film documenting the history of the fort and our national anthem. When the film ends the Star Spangled Banner plays, curtains part, and there she is waving proudly outside the window. I believe there is not a dry eye in the room at the emotional climax.

Maryland has a very close relationship with our nations flag. During the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key, Baltimore attorney, composed our national anthem. Local resident Mary Young Pickersgill, a flag maker during the War of 1812, sewed the flag which inspired Key to write his famous poem.

Wikipedia: In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day (United States) - Wikipedia

How should you treat the flag? A primer for Flag Day

Happy Flag Day!

1 comment:

  1. Great Post Deb. Thanks for the reminder on what tomorrow is and just how rich in History Baltimore is. I know Tanner still talks about his trip to FM with you guys. He had a great time.