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American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
Baltimoreans take pride in anthem and the 'O' [Letter]
Baltimoreans take pride in anthem and the 'O' [Letter]

Born and raised here, a true "Son of Baltimore," I have witnessed the evolution and controversy of the "O!" sung during "The Star-Spangled Banner" since its origins in the cheap seats of Memorial Stadium some 30-plus years ago ("Stop desecrating the anthem," Sept. 18). To those who accuse us of disrespect and desecration, I have the following to say. My family, like many, came to the docks of Locust Point poor and hopeful and never left — the immigrant working-class backbone of a young country. The working-class of Baltimore have always been our greatest heritage. We helped build America, define her character and win her wars from the very...