Flag Day in Baltimore is bigger deal than it is in many cities. After all, the "Star Spangled Banner" was written here, inspired by the flag Mary Pickering sewed that flew over Fort McHenry.
June 14 brings with it a boatload of pomp and circumstance at Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine. Teaming with the nonprofit American Flag Foundation, Fort McHenry puts on a full day of festivities capped by a spectacular fireworks display that would wow even Francis Scott Key.
2009 Flag Day Festivities
When: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine
- Pre-Program Entertainment, music from Hairspray, High School Musical, and the '50s by Maryland Sings
- Welcome, Bob Heck, master of ceremonies
- Advancing the colors, presentation of the historic American flags, Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol
- Presentation of the colors, Maryland Defense Force
- Pledge of Allegiance and fly-over, National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, & Cub Scouts. Fly-over: Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II Jets, 175th Wing, 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Chorus
- Greetings from Fort McHenry Superintendent Gay Vietzke
- Greetings from the American Flag Foundation
- Presentation of the Presidential Proclamation by Sen. Ben Cardin
- Maryland Singers, "Put Your Hand on Your Heart"
- Flag trivia
- Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Chorus, "You're a Grand Ole Flag" and "This Land is Your Land"
- Barbershop Harmony Society from the Heart of Maryland Chorus-Catonsville and the Chorus of the Chesapeake-Dundalk present a number of patriotic tunes
- Military Color Guards present their service flags during the "Service Five Medley"
- Parade of state flags
- Drill Team, Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard
- "This is America" by Off-Broadway Kids
- "The Maryland Song" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Escape
- History of Taps by Chief Ranger Vince Vaise
- Laying of the memorial wreath on the ramparts
- The Chancel Singers of Reisterstown United Methodist Church with Escape, sing "God Bless America - A Gospel Medley"
- Closing comments
- Concluding performance, "Stars and Stripes Forever," "John Philip Sousa Marches," and "Medley of Armed Forces Marches"