JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. -- The War of 1812 was a result of Americans declaring war against those of the British Empire. Reasons include Britain's penchant of forcing American merchant sailors into its Royal Navy and its staunch opposition of American expansion.
In the U.S., the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 produced a euphoria over what was considered a second war of independence against Britain. This epic battle would also inspire a young man by the name of Francis Scott Key to write what would become the U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
To recognize this moment in history, the city of Baltimore hosted a weeklong National Star-Spangled Banner celebration from Sept. 6 to 13 in 1914. More than 30 committees were formed for various jobs ranging from a showcase of historical exhibits to a municipal parade. The centennial was special on many fronts because it inspired Maryland to pursue other cultural and civic initiatives for in the future.
Historians believe the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are two examples of this. Both can trace their origins to the impulse to commemorate the centennial of the Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812.
Besides the festivities in Baltimore at the time, a major celebration also took place in Frederick City and the surrounding county from Sept. 9-14. Today, a network of historic markers exists commemorating Maryland people and places that were significant to the War of 1812.
This year's Star-Spangled Sailabration is the national launch of the bi-centennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Scheduled for June 13-19 in Baltimore, the event will feature more than 40 tall ships and naval war ships, the premiere of a new symphonic work and the spectacular Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
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