Defender’s Day at Fort McHenry

September 16, 2008 § 1 Comment

I got to hold the flag!

I got to hold the flag!

Good day to you! This past weekend was one of the greatest experiences of my *life*. I’ve always wanted to do living history, and praise God He led me to join the Fort McHenry Guard in time to help with Defender’s Day this year. Perhaps one of the greatest blessings of the weekend was to have a chance to work with a group of men who are marvelous examples of virtue and chivalry. I forgot how wonderful it is to be treated like a lady.

On Friday, there was a school program for the children of Baltimore in the morning, followed by a parade throughout the afternoon. We took a boat across the harbor to where the parade began; even though it was raining this was probably one of my favorite memories of the weekend. Then Celeste and I were asked to hold the banner and lead the parade! I’ve never had to march to fifes and drums before!

Saturday was absolutely delightful. The Walkers came to see it as well, which only added to the excitement! At around 2PM, the fun began in earnest. There was a concert, a parade, the governor came in full kit and on a horse to greet the spectators, and in the evening was a battle re-enactment, a “bombardment” put on by the National Guard, and possibly the finest fireworks display I have ever witnessed. It was amazing to sit on the ramparts (“o’er the ramparts we watch’d”) to watch the bombardment and fireworks.

Everyone should come for the weekend next time! I’m counting down the days…

The brave Fort McHenry Guard

The brave Fort McHenry Guard

Lt. Bailey and Major Vaise discuss the next move

Lt. Bailey and Major Vaise discuss the next move

The Battle Rages

The Battle Rages

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