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2010 Remodeling Show

Camden Yard Baltimore MarylandI just returned from the 2010 Remodeling Show in Baltimore Maryland.

I was staying at the Hilton Hotel which overlooks the famed Camden Yard ball park. My room was on the 14th floor and had a great view of the field. 

Before Monday night’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Oriels they played the Star Spangled Banner. Nothing new or interesting about that but the Star Spangled Banner was written about the Battle of Baltimore and the defence of Fort McHenry.

Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the Battle of Baltimore, where 1000 Americans successfully staved off the British invasion and saved thousands of lives and the City of Baltimore.

Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry while under guard on an American truce ship in the Patapsco River. Seeing his country’s flag still flying over Fort McHenry the next morning, Francis Scott key was so moved he wrote those immortal lines.

American Flag Fort McHenry Star Spangled Banner

describe the imageO say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming! 
Fort McHenry Star Spangled BannerAnd the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


Patpsco River Fort McHenryOn the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the mornings' first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just
And this be our motto:

"In God is our trust."


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