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O'er the Ramparts We Watch!

Which Flag Flies Today?

 
 
O'er the Ramparts We Watch! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. O'er the Ramparts We Watch! Marker
Inscription. The forts walls are called ramparts. An American flag flies over Fort McHenry twenty four hours a day by Presidential Proclamation.

The size of the flag varies. On clear days with the right amount of wind, a full-size replica of the Star-Spangled Banner measuring 30 X 42 feet with fifteen stars and stripes waves. The fort also flies smaller versions of this flag. On rainy days and at night, a small, modern 50-star American flag is flown.

(Side Bar)
In 1948, a proclamation issued by President Harry S. Truman stated that "as a perpetual symbol of our patriotism, the flag of the United States shall hereafter be displayed at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at all times during the day and night, except when weather is inclement."

At night, the flag is illuminated by lights powered by solar panels.
 
Location. 39° 15.855′ N, 76° 34.735′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E. Fort Avenue. Click for map. The marker is outside the star fort at Ft. McHenry along the path from the Visitors' Center. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preservation of Earthworks (within shouting distance of this

O'er the Ramparts We Watch! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. O'er the Ramparts We Watch! Marker
marker); Evolution of Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guns that Won the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sailors Fighting Sailors (about 300 feet away); Allegiance by Force (about 300 feet away); The Guns That Won the Battle (about 300 feet away); The Ravelin (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. This marker carries similar information and illustrations to the "Star-Spangled Banner" marker which was located at the base of the flagpole inside the fort. That spot is now the location of the "In Full Glory" marker.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
The 17 X 25 foot 15-star 15-stripe storm flag flies o'er the ramparts at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. The 17 X 25 foot 15-star 15-stripe storm flag flies o'er the ramparts at Fort McHenry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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