Last Day Of Sailabration Tours, Ceremony; Monday Schedule

WBAL Radio and Associated Press

Sunday, June 17, 2012
WBAL Radio and Associated Press

Thousands of people packed the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry over the weekend for Sailabration.

Monday will be the last day that visitors can tour the 40 tall ships and naval ships that have been docked in Baltimore since last Wednesday.

The celebration is marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Monday morning, representatives of the three countries that engaged in the war, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, will mark the 200th anniversary of the declaration of war at Fort McHenry. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer and British Ambassador to the United States Peter Westmacott will attend the “From Enemies to Allies” ceremony.

The tall ships and naval warships will depart in a “Parade of Sail” on Tuesday morning.

The Navy, which sees the war as central to the development of its culture, and nonprofit Operation Sail organized ship visits around the country this year to kick-off the commemoration of the war, including events in New Orleans; Norfolk, Va.; New York, Boston and Baltimore.

Organizers are raising $25 million to support events and programing and to help tourism sites around the state handle an increase in visitors. The U.S. Mint is selling gold and silver commemorative coins and will match up to $8.5 million of the funds raised.

The events continue beyond this summer with an academic conference on peace in Annapolis in 2013, reenactments at battle sites around the Chesapeake Bay and the return of tall ships to Baltimore’s harbor in September 2014 to mark the anniversary of the battle memorialized in the national anthem.

Monday Sailabration Schedule

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 200th Anniversary Ceremony: From Enemies to Allies

Anniversary of the Declaration of War on Great Britain. The ceremony will launch the international bicentennial commemoration and will include remarks and performances from the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free Public Ship Tours/ Sailabration Villages

Inner Harbor & Fell’s Point

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free Public Navy Ship Tours

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