2014: A BANNER YEAR!
It’s been a banner year—the programs and special events at Fort McHenry produced for the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem were extraordinary! The historic series of events, ceremonies and educational programs commemorated the Battle of Baltimore, the valiant defense of the star-shaped Fort McHenry against the might of the British, and Francis Scott Key’s writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fort McHenry is as important today as it was 200 years ago.
From September 6 – 16, there were many “spectacular” and breathtaking memories created by numerous partners especially Star-Spangled 200. Nearly 65,000 people visited the Fort and I hope you were one of them. The Blue Angels performances gave quite a show for practically the whole city….the tall ships and Navy gray hulls were amazing as they sailed in and out of the harbor…and the fireworks were nothing less than EPIC!
The Defenders Day the Friends of Fort McHenry thank its Supporters and Sponsors:
National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Living Classrooms Foundation
Star-Spangled 200 and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Jayne H. Plank
General Society of the War of 1812
National Society United States Daughters 1812
American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugar
Heavy Seas Brewing
Maryland Arms Collectors Association
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Ports America Chesapeake
The Tom Morris Library at the National Sailing Hall of Fame
Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP
24/7 Mid-Atantic, LLC
GRI Fund, LP
Johns Hopkins Institutions
Rukert Terminals Corporation
Denis Powers, Domino Sugar
Hoffberger Moving Services
Myron M. Oppenheimer and Maxine A. Cohen
Colonel Vernon Sevier
BGEN Warner Sumpter
UA Locust Point Holdings LLC
Charles "Chip" Markell
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Check back in the spring of 2015 for updates on the Fort McHenry Boat Tour.
Thanks to all who came out for the Inaugural Friends of Fort McHenry Crab Feast - WE HAD A BALL! Thanks to Atlantic Caterers, we enjoyed Old Bay Wings, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Sweet Corn on the Cob, side salads, watermelon, and cake to go along with Large & Medium River Crabs! We slurped Avery Pearls from Ryleigh’s Oyste and sipped libations from Heavy Seas Brewery. The tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys made the evening special too...all in the shadow of the historic Star Fort!
The 2015 Friends of Fort McHenry Crab Feast will be held in July - DATE TBD!
HUZZAH! A special bicentennial thank you to the General Society of the War of 1812, the Society of the War of 1812-Maryland and the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 who provided funding toward the restoration of the Flag Pole & Platform restorication at Fort McHenry, cannons at the Fort and a special new wayside marker.
2013 “Defenders’ Day” Weekend a Huge Success...Read about the 2013 Event Here.
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