My heart burst with pride in Baltimore over the week of celebration commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. It has been said that while the American Revolution achieved our independence, the War of 1812 secured our liberties.

The celebration of these liberties could not have been more spectacularly proclaimed than through this past week's living history experience of all that is great about our country, from the grand parade of tall ships, to the awe-inspiring precision of the Blue Angels and more. Most heart-rending of all was the walk along our city's own exquisite promenade flanked with throngs of fellow Americans celebrating the liberties secured some 200 years ago.

My heart-felt congratulations to every member of every team who made this past week not only possible but truly a "star-spangled" experience.

Joanne Cecil Brown, Towson

The writer is president of the Maryland Society of the National Society of United States Daughters of 1812.