Anthems

Maryland State Flagby Mary Jo

This blog is a revision of one I wrote after watching the presidential inauguration in January 2009.  More about that later, but what got me thinking about anthems was an issue that is very much in play in Maryland, namely, a movement to toss out the current state song, "Maryland, My Maryland." 

Now this is not a subject I've thought about much . I'm Smith Island Cakemore interested in the official Maryland cake, the multilayer Smith Island Cake cake, which is tasty and decadent.  Or the Maryland state cat, which shares the orange, black, and white colors of the Maryland flag. (Yes, it is a rather odd looking flag. <G>)

 

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O, say can you see…?

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

In a Robert Heinlein novel, the War of 1812 is mentioned dismissively as a brushfire conflict on the fringes of the Napoleonic Wars.  I'm not sure that the average Briton has any awareness of it at all.  But in the US and Canada, the war matters.

In my hometown of Baltimore, the war is very, very personal.  When I first moved here, I was surprised to find a Maryland state holiday called Defenders Day on September 12.  Say what? 

Battle of North PointIt turns out that September 12 was the land part of the Battle of Baltimore, where the militia stopped the advance of British troops, allowing time to prepare for the naval part of the battle, which was the defense of the city at Fort McHenry.  

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