June 14, 2012
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– We honor the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the penning of the Star-Spangled Banner which happened off the waters at Fort McHenry.
There are sailors in uniform from all over the world and visitors from all over the nation as Baltimore is at the center of the nation marking its bicentennial.
There are celebrations in other parts of the country but Baltimore is the centerpiece because of our connection with Fort McHenry and the Star-Spangled Banner.
Since Thursday morning, the Blue Angels have been practicing, ships have been coming into the harbor. Everywhere you look there are sights and sounds to take in, and it all started early this morning with a lot of pomp in a special Sailabration opening ceremony.
An international spotlight on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as the Sailabration officially gets underway. A ceremony with Maryland’s top brass.
“We are officially kicking off Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Sailabration,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced.
Captains from all 40 ships from around the world are presented with gifts as the naval ceremonial band plays.
Visitors from around the world commemmorate the War of 1812.
“This is for the Japanese ships that will come in,” a visitor waving a Japanese flag said. “It’s wonderful seeing Baltimore. I want to see everybody.”
“It’s something to celebrate and give history to people who probably are not aware of what’s going on,” a Baltimore resident said.
People are at Federal Hill watching the festivities as a band entertains them.