Flag Day

It’s Flag Day today, and frankly, I had completely forgotten.  It seems that we don’t celebrate these things any more, or even remember them.  We should.

A few years ago, DBF took me to see Fort McHenry, in Baltimore.  Fort McHenry is, of course, the place where Francis Scott Key wrote the words that would become our national anthem.  There is a stirring movie presentation that describes the events of that night, and at the end, the Navy choir sings the national anthem. The curtain opens….and there is the biggest flag you’ve ever seen, flying majestically in the breeze.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

A couple of years ago, I took DH to Fort McHenry to experience the pride and patriotism that I felt when I had visited.  The visitor’s center had been remodeled and improved, but there was still the curtained room with the film.  The curtain opened….and there was a flag.  Turns out, it was too windy to fly the monster flag.  The thing is enormous – 30×42 feet.  If there is a stiff breeze, it will snap the flag pole.

Luckily, there was a school tour there that day, and a park ranger was giving the kids a tour.  He brought out a dufflebag that contained the monster flag.  They opened it up in the middle of the fort, and it was an impressive sight.  DH reports that it was heavy, too.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Fort McHenry, do so.  And wave that flag.

 

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2 responses to “Flag Day

  1. smark

    Dang. And I have a flagpole and a flag at my house and I spaced it. You’re right — we do need to celebrate these things.

    On a semi-related note, what I want people to remember are the words to the national anthem. And I want them to actually sing them. I’m just old enough to remember when it was a sing-along and not a performance capped off with hootin’ and hollerin’ at the end. Sure it’s difficult. So is participatory democracy. Give it your best shot.

    And to all those pop stars who mangle it to show off their chops — it’s not about you, honey.

    Just had to get that rant in…. 😉

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