This past December, a year and a half after writing the article “It Was for Freedom” (which is featured in this newsletter), I had the privilege of visiting Ft. McHenry in Baltimore harbor with my family. As you may recall, Ft McHenry was the site of the famous battle during the War of 1812, after which Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying high above the fort in the morning. This indicated that American forces had fended off an attack by the British Navy, preserving the freedom of the United States of America. This prompted him to pen the words to a poem, which eventually became our national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”.
We toured the grounds, visited the museum, and re-lived the experience of what it must have been like for American soldiers that bravely held their ground during the British onslaught by sea (and land) that night. It is an amazing place, and I recommend it as a “must stop” the next time you are in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.
We are truly blessed to live in a nation in which we have the right to worship our Creator freely. Because of this, we should be ever thankful – and prayerful – that this freedom will remain for ourselves, our children, and for the generations to come.
Have a wonderful Independence Day holiday!