We eagerly look forward to this September's Star-Spangled Spectacular commemorating the end of the War of 1812 ("More details announced for Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration," Aug. 12).

If it is only half as good as the 2012 Star-Spangled Sailabration it will be memorable — though one wishes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would not oversell it with the promise of "a patriotic festival like this country has never seen."

In fairness, she may be too young to remember the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

We do have one question about this year's "security measures," however. Two years ago, thousands of us gathered peacefully and safely at Fort McHenry with lawn chairs, coolers and our own food and drink to watch the Blue Angels and other attractions.

Why is it that this year visitors will be limited to carrying "a single clear bag the size of a one-gallon freezer bag" and are prohibited from bringing outside food, beverages and coolers?

Is this really a "security measure" or just a way to increase concession stand profits?

Terry Shepard and Debra J. Thomas, Baltimore

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