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    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

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US Navy to Commemorate Bicentennial Battle

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Date: March 11, 2012
Contact: Vince Vaise, 410-962-4290

Come to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on August 18 at 6:00 p.m. for a special twilight tattoo ceremony featuring patriotic music, military pageantry and living history! The program begins with a concert by the U.S. Navy Band, Drill Team and Color Guard.

This event highlights the 200th anniversary of the famous naval victory of the U.S. frigate Constitution over the British frigate Guerriere. The first major naval battle of the War of 1812, the American ship won fame for the young U.S. Navy as well as the nickname "Old Ironsides."

For a flavor of history, the Fort McHenry Guard, representing sailors from the War of 1812 will demonstrate cutlass drill and cannon-firing from the War of 1812.

Be part of one of the oldest ceremonies in Baltimore City! Over 100 years ago, Baltimore residents spent Saturday evenings watching the military review of soldiers at Fort McHenry. That tradition lives on today on selected weekend evenings with the free twilight tattoo ceremonies at Fort McHenry. Every ceremony ends with the folding of the great 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner flag and the firing of the fort's large evening gun.

Following the concert, the U.S. Navy Drill team will perform modern rifle exercises. Their split-second timing and precision marching have dazzled audiences around the world.

Did You Know?

An aerial view of the students forming the Living American Flag.

Each May, 3,500 to 4,500 school children create the "Living American Flag" at Fort McHenry. The program is sponsored by The American Flag Foundation, Inc. More...