Vessel to carry recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag
The Pride of Baltimore II will make a special voyage for Maryland Day replete with a Star-Spangled Banner flag that more than 1,000 volunteers created over the summer.
The Pride will sail Monday from Fort McHenry in Baltimore to the City Dock in Annapolis. On board will be the flag that was stitched using authentic fabric and hand-stitching techniques at the Maryland Historical Society. The flag commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the National Anthem.
A flag unfurling ceremony will take place at the State House on Tuesday and free tours of the Pride will be offered. The flag will then be returned to the Pride.
Maryland Day commemorates the landing of settlers in Maryland on March 25, 1634.
The complete public schedule of Maryland Day events is as follows:
Monday, March 24
10 a.m. Pride to collect recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag from Fort McHenry Guard at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
10:30 a.m. Pride departs from the Fort McHenry pier
Pride will pass Fells Point at 10:45 a.m.. Fells Point is where the design for the Baltimore Clipper ship emerged in shipyards in the 1790’s. At 11 a.m., the Pride will circle through Baltimore Inner Harbor, pass and salute Fort McHenry, then on through the Key Bridge at noon. It is expected to arrive in Annapolis between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
The general public is invited to watch Pride as it departs from Fort McHenry at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 25
10:00 a.m. Society of Colonial Wars Wreath Laying, Blessing of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag at the Baltimore Courthouse, Cecilius Calvert Statue
12:15 p.m. Procession of recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag to State House at the Annapolis City Dock
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Flag volunteers will display the recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag on the steps of the west (modern) end of the State House. A ceremony will follow.
1 p.m. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley presents Star-Spangled 200 grants to 15 organizations from across the state.
1:30 p.m. Return procession to City Dock with Star-Spangled Banner flag
2 to 4 p.m. Tours of Pride of Baltimore II will be free and available to the general public, featuring Fort McHenry Guard fife and drum music. Flag Talks will be given by National Park Service staff. The Pride will be at the Annapolis City Dock.