Huzzah!

Huzzah! (Candus Thomson/Baltimore Sun / June 14, 2012)

Vince Vaise has a vision, and in his vision Orioles and Ravens fans yell, “Huzzah,” when their teams do something worthy.

“Huzzah” is what folks shouted on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814, when they saw the American flag waving defiantly over Fort McHenry after British war ships rained down rockets and mortars on the 1,000 defenders inside.

And Huzzah is what Vaise, Fort McHenry’s chief interpretive ranger, would like all of us to shout at ball games.

“We’d call it the Baltimore Huzzah,” he says enthusiastically. “We have crabs. We have Natty Boh. And we’ll have the huzzah.”

Would it replace the “Oh” shouted by Orioles fans when they hit that word when singing the National Anthem?

“Oh, no. 'Oh' will still be there,” Vaise says quickly and then pauses. “Next to huzzah.”

To gather support, Vaise gets children and adults to “Huzzah” in unison as they unfurl a massive 15-star, 15-stripe flag on the fort’s rolling lawn.

Most seem to enjoy it. Go on, try it and then let Vaise know what you think.