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Defenders Day at Fort McHenry 09 SEP 2017

A Historic Celebration – Fortified!

 

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Celebrated annually to commemorate the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, Defenders Day is a Maryland holiday celebrated in 2017 on 12 September in which Fort McHenry played a pivotal role in the success of that battle.  The British with their array of warships in the harbor bombarded the fort repeatedly during the battle.   The soldiers of the fort responded in kind with a steady barrage and the Americans were victorious.


On one of those British ships was an American lawyer, who was aboard on a mission to release some prisoners takenFort McHenry Stars and Stripes by the British.  Unfortunately, or perhaps very fortunately, he was kept aboard the ship when the bombardment commenced.  It lasted through the night and when dawn broke, the “Stars and Stripes” were still flying over the fort.  He was so moved by the sight of his young nation’s flag, that he penned a four-verse poem.

The name of the lawyer?  Francis Scott Key.   The poem that he wrote? Defense of Fort M’Henry It became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” – the national anthem of the United States of America.

 

 


 

Something Special for 2017

This year’s celebration was held on Saturday,  09  SEP 2017 and included the participation of the US Army Band (TUSAB) – “Pershing’s Own” and the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d Infantry Regiment – “The Old Guard” It is the oldest infantry regiment in the US Army with origins back to 1784 – America’s First Regiment!

The Presidential Salute Battery of The Old Guard – 3d Infantry US Army was at Fort McHenry for Defenders Day, the video was captured by COL Jason Garkey, Regimental Commander of America’s Regiment … HOOAH! GUNS RUN LONG!

The Star-Spangled Banner celebrated a centennial in 2016,  for it was in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order making it the national anthem of the United States of America.

 

Here are the words penned by Francis Scott Key:


 

Defense of Fort M’Henry

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner—O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

 

Learn more about Fort McHenry and its history told in historic images.


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2016 US Army Band Concert – 1812 Overture

US Army Band 2016 Concert

 

 

 

 

 

AN ANNUAL EVENT

The final event of the summer of The US Army Band – “Pershing’s Own”  accompanied by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d Infantry Regiment of the US Army – “The Old Guard”is an annual concert on the Washington Mall at the Sylvan Theater (near the Washington Monument) Among appearances by the Herald Trumpets and the US Army Band Chorus, it features the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky – the “Guns Platoon”  providing live cannon fire with their WW II vintage M5’s  – 3″ anti-tank guns.

Watch the Video

If you couldn’t make it to the National Mall for the nearly 90 minutes of music, here is the video provided by the folks at DVIDS…

 

“GUNS RUN LONG!!!”

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Guns Run Long – 4th of July 2012

For the last three years, I have watched and captured the outstanding 50 GUN Salute to the nation on the 4th of July – Independence Day.  It’s an amazing event that has been precisely executed by one of the elite platoons in the US military – The Presidential Salute Battery…

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A President is Laid to Rest

Eternal Flame at President Kennedy's Grave

Eternal Flame at President Kennedy's Grave

25 NOV 1963 –  The world was focused on Washington DC and Arlington National Cemetery, for the United States of America was paying final honors to it’s fallen President.

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Coming Soon – What I did the summer of 2010.

Smithsonian Kite Festival
Smithsonian Kite Festival

I’ve not had much time to chronicle what I’ve done this summer (Summer began for me in April) … so watch this space for a rather comprehensive view of what I did do…  In the meantime, explore the site and read some of the older posts…

I’m sure you’ll like the exploring …  scroll down and on the left, poke a word and you’ll be able to bring up all the posts in that category –  the BIGGER the word, the more posts…
Enjoy!
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The tradition continues –

Earlier this week another small milestone was set in history…

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PART ONE: TOG on a Mission – 2010

Here’s a more in-depth look at the making and background of the calendar – “The Old Guard on Mission – 2010” – some history and little known facts…

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Мерры Чристмас !

Or for those who cannot read Russian Cyrillic –

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Mission: ANC

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

For those who have followed me on Facebook, you have seen how from Saturday morning in the frenzy of the snowstorm, I attempted daily to get into Arlington National Cemetery.  The mission was to capture some of the beauty of this hallowed place in the snow…   ANC closed on Saturday, and when I arrived, the barriers were symbolically across Memorial Drive.

I turned around and decided that Sunday morning was probably a better choice and when I returned on Sunday, I found the roadway of Memorial Drive completely clear thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service.  Alas, the gates of ANC were closed and locked …

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2010 Old Guard Calendar is…

Here!

John Michael broke new ground when he published the “First” Calendar about the US Army’s 3d Infantry Regiment – “The Old Guard on Parade – 2009”  – The Escort to the President.  Many have seen this regiment earlier this year as they led and participated in the Presidential Inauguration.  Their ceremonial presence is only part of their story.  After pouring through thousands of photographs taken primarily in 2009, a theme finally emerged to tell the story about these Soldiers that few people ever see.

Soldiers in this elite regiment are called upon to do a number of different missions on a daily basis… most of which the public never sees or is even aware.   It’s hoped that the selection of these images provides a small glimpse of the varied assignments carried out and their contributions made as service to the United States of America…

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