Vice President Biden coming to Baltimore for 'Star-Spangled 200'
By By Chris Kaltenbach
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 09, 2014 at 11:09 AM
A variety of Marylanders have relationships to those who either fought in the Battle of Baltimore, the events surrounding it, or the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. (Doug Kapustin/video for The Baltimore Sun)
Vice President Joe Biden will be in town this weekend, to help Baltimore celebrate its "Star-Spangled Banner" bicentennial.
The vice president, who hails from neighboring Delaware, will be at Fort McHenry Saturday night to deliver remarks during a concert that will be broadcast live on PBS, beginning at 8 p.m. His remarks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Following Biden's remarks, singer Jordin Sparks will lead a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which Frederick lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote 200 years ago, after witnessing the unsuccessful British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. A massive fireworks display will serve as a backdrop for the song's performance.
"The nation's eyes will be on Baltimore on the spectacular evening of Sept. 13, 200 years to the day our city and state endured one of the most violent attacks in our nation's history and prevailed over the strongest military in the world," Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will be with the vice president at Fort McHenry, said in a news release. "We look forward to welcoming Vice President Biden to Baltimore to celebrate this historic national event."
"Star-Spangled Spectacular: the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem" will be broadcast live from Pier 6 Pavilion and Fort McHenry Saturday night. Hosted by John Lithgow and Sparks, the concert will feature performances from Kristin Chenoweth, Kenny Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and others.
The concert is part of Baltimore's massive "Star-Spangled 200" celebration, running from Sept. 10-16 and including visits from tall ships and Navy ships from all over the world, flyovers from the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and Festival Villages at the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Martin State Airport in Middle River.