Photography By National Park Service
As Francis Scott Key watched the smoke clear and the sun rise above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after witnessing its bombardment by British naval ships during the final months of the War of 1812, he had every expectation of seeing a white flag of surrender. To his surprise, he saw the tattered, but still flying, remains of an oversized American flag that had been commissioned just months earlier by the fort’s commander Major George Armistead.
Key was so moved by the by sight of the flag and by the Americans’ protection of their fort that he penned the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” That poem, eventually set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” became the national anthem of the United States of America. READ MORE
What better way to show off your love for “the land of the free and the home of the brave” than with a visit to this weekend’s aptly named “Star-Spangled Sailabration” in Baltimore? Put on your American flag pants (or bowtie!) and scoot down to this weeklong festival, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of every American’s favorite tune … “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Are you ready for some football? Well, specifically are you ready for Super Bowl XLVI, and the matchup between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Football fans have already converged on Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium for a few days of fun festivities. And we’re sure there are several fans anxious to see Madonna’s half-time show and Kelly Clarkson perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Betting pools have already started to see if Clarkson will forget the words to the national anthem, at the biggest sports event of the year.
Well, in preparation for the big day, TravelChannel.com has a few fun articles and slideshows you should definitely take a look at, including our Super Travel Bowl 2012 slideshow. Compare Boston with NYC and decide which city should walk away with a travel trophy.
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