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Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 USA

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“inspired Star-Spangled Banner”

O! say can you see,... by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay September 13-14, 1814. It was during the bombardment of the fort that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem that would eventually be set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven" and become the national anthem of the United States.

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Jerry & Rebecca

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February 14, 2015

Twice a day they perform a flag raising/changing in which you can participate. We caught the one at 4:30 one; very moving and honoring experience.

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Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland
21230 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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