On 13 September 1814, a British fleet bombarded Fort McHenry, in Baltmore, MD, during the War of 1812. The dramatic night time scene inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner. This painting by LTJG James W. Murray, USN, depicts the scene. NHHC image NH 86765.

US Navy Commemorates War of 1812 in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore is currently putting on a “Star Spangled Sailabration” to remember the role it played during the war. Over the weekend, the U.S. Navy put on quite a show on the water and in the skies above Baltmore. The Blue Angels performed two separate shows, and Naval Special Warfare Command (Navy SEALs) performed multiple demonstrations on the waters around Fort McHenry. The U.S Coast Guard also had a strong presence at the event.

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