HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND . FORT MCHENRY .

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

FB_IMG_1488559927922the  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 .

 

 

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