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Flag rises by dawn's early light, closing out Fort McHenry festivities
Flag rises by dawn's early light, closing out Fort McHenry festivities

With a cool breeze blowing on Fort McHenry, about 30 Army honor guard soldiers stood at attention for 15 minutes while holding a large U.S. flag decorated with 15 stars. When the fort's morning gun blasted at 9 a.m., dozens of soldiers, politicians and hundreds of onlookers fell silent. The honor guard, with the help of re-enactors from the War of 1812, raised the 30-foot by 42-foot flag over the compound. As Old Glory flapped, the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps played "Yankee Doodle." Then one of America's most-famous soldiers answered the question Francis Scott Key raised when he wrote "O! say can you see by the Dawn's early light" as the...

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