Your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Baltimore is almost over and what a great time you and your grandchildren have had .
You all made a side trip down to Annapolis , the capital of Maryland , and saw the Naval Academy .
The three of you have become such experts on the public transportation in Baltimore that you even knew that you could take a bus to get to Annapolis and back to Baltimore .
You’re going to see Fort McHenry because after all those Orioles games at Orioles Park at Camden Yards , the grandkids need to learn how the United States got to be the country that it is now .
The Inner Harbor is close by your hotel , so you’re going to take the Banner Line Charm City Circular to the last stop Fort McHenry in the Locust Point section of the city .
When you all first arrive and pay your admission fee , you’re told to see a movie going on that tells the history of the fort and the role it played in defending the city from the British in the War of 1812 .
The movie is boring to all of you , but you watch it anyway .
There’s a statue of Francis Scott Key right in the lobby In front of an American flag .
When the three of you finally reach the grounds of the fort, you notice the cannons pointed towards the the harbor .
You can’t even imagine what was going through the minds of the soldiers as they not only defended the fort , but the city of Baltimore as well .
As the British had already burned down Washington DC , which isn’t that far away from Baltimore , you can imagine the fear of the Baltimoreans .
As you continue walking, you all realize that civilians lived there also .
You also learn that the most dangerous place in the whole fort was
the place where the ammunition was stored.
Just imagine how the sentry who was in charge of guarding the ammunition felt .
One volley from a British warship , well you just didn’t want to think about it .
There’s even an actual volley from a British warship right on the grounds as your grandchildren are more than happy to show you .
As you look at it , you can’t believe how much damage one volley could do , let alone a lot of them .
As you walk back to the bus , you see it .
The stars and stripes .
It’s not the flag that Francis Scott Key saw and wrote about , “as the bombs bursted in air”, but a replica .
It looks as beautiful to you as it did to him .
Your grandchildren even are inspired and want to come back here every time you come to Baltimore for a 30 Plus Teams Tour .