US History: The Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a historical American coastal star-shaped fort best know for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attach by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay September 13-14, 1814. It was first built in 1798 and was used continuously by U.S. armed forces through World War I and by the Coast Guard in World War II. It was designated a national park in 1925.

During the War of 1812 as storm flag (17 by 25 feet (5.2m x 7.6m)) was flown over Fort McHenry during the bombardment. It was replaced early on the morning of September 14, 1814 with a larger garrison flag (30 by 42 feet (9.1m x 12.8m)). The larger flag signaled American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore. The sight of the ensign inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem “Defense of Fort McHenry” that was later set to the tune To Anacreon in Heaven and become known as the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States.

(Source: Wikipedia)

 And since my Kuya Humprey is an enthusiast of US-history, he made sure that I’ll have a glimpse of it. Right after our 2-day trip to Washington DC, we dropped by to Baltimore to visit The Fort McHenry where the battle between the people of America against the British troops happened and where the Star Spangled Banner had originated. Listening to it made me feel like I’m an American too! lol!

Here, I witnessed my first sunset of America. It kinda looks sad yet beautiful.



… and here are my photos touristing with the kiddos!


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