Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore Harbor commemorates the battle during the War of 1812 where Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics for the song that would become the US National Anthem. In the times we now live in it is important to understand the history of the anthem and the man who wrote it. Unfortunately Baltimore harbor is not the most attractive outside of the monument with modern industry lining much of the shoreline.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

The visitor center is a must see in this park. Be sure to catch the moving presentation and unveiling of the flag flying proudly over the old fort.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

An interesting exhibit is the different renditions of the anthem by various artists.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

From the visitor center walk up to the fort and explore the battlements and grounds surrounding the main fortification.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

If you time your visit right (look for exact times on park website) you will be able to witness the flag raising.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

Then be sure to check back into the visitor center after completing your Junior Ranger activities.

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New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

This was the first of many Junior Ranger badges for Alex.