Governor Palin posted the following message regarding their visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore today, via SarahPAC:
Tried not to melt during our fun visit to Fort McHenry this afternoon – it was worth the sweat to see the site of a key event in the War of 1812 and the history of our country! From the morning of September 13 to the morning of September 14, 1814, British warships bombarded our fort in an effort to penetrate Baltimore harbor. But the fort withstood the attack. When the commander in charge of the fort had taken command of it, he had commissioned to be made “a flag so large that the British would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance.”
That huge flag, known as “The Star Spangled Banner,” was immortalized in the poem by Francis Scott Key that became our national anthem. Key watched the bombardment from a nearby ship and was amazed to see the flag still proudly and defiantly flying over the fort the next morning when the British finally ceased their futile bombardment.
President Reagan once noted that our national anthem is the only one in the world that ends with a question: “O, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” It’s up to each generation of Americans to answer that question. I hope we all make it our duty and responsibility to make sure that, YES, our banner still waves over a free and brave nation!
What an inspiring visit to see the enormous symbol of America’s great victory! Then…back on the bus, back on the road, had a warm run, then local ice cream shop stop to refresh. Nothing beats an all-American road trip.