|The flag still flies at the spot where it was seen by Francis|
Scott Key when he penned the Star Spangled Banner.
I only live an hour or so from Baltimore so it's sad that I never visited Fort McHenry until this past September. The fort is famous for its role in defending Baltimore from the British in 1814, but its valued service continued well past the night when the sight of the 30-by-42-foot American flag waving in the breeze inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words that became "The Star Spangled Banner."
|Inside Fort McHenry.|
During World War I, the U.S. Army converted the fort into one of the largest hospitals in the U.S. Over 100 buildings surrounded the fort with 4,000 patients and hospital staff in residence. Advances in plastic surgery and some of the first programs for disabled American veterans were promoted at the hospital.
|The guns that defended Fort McHenry and Baltimore from the|
British during the War of 1812.
Today, Fort McHenry is one of five sites in the world where the U.S. flag flies 24 hours a day. The others are Iwo Jima Memorial, the White House, Washington Monument and U.S. Ports of Entry.
If you ever visit the Baltimore area, make sure you put this fort (built in 1797 and named after Colonel James McHenry, our second Secretary of War), on your "to-do" list.
|Part of the festivities of the celebrated 200th anniversary of|
the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
I'm hoping to get back to Fort McHenry to make up for the time lost when my visit was cut short. There is a lot of history in the Baltimore area that I have yet to see and experience.
Who knows? Maybe I'll stumble across a story from the War of 1812 to write about for my next novel.
Until next time,