We immediately headed over to the fort so we could be there for the changing of the flag at 10:00. They selected a Civil War era flag to fly today. It was big--about 120 square feet--but that was nothing compared to the size of the flag that was flying on Sept. 14, 1814, which was over 1,000 square feet! The kids got to help unfold the flag before it went up the pole. It flew nicely in the brisk wind!
There was a huge group of 5th graders watching the movie with us, and we purposed that we would leap out of there at the end so we could get a jump on them in the actual fort. We did, and we had a lovely time visiting the buildings. Most of the time, we were the only ones in a room, and there was plenty of room for the kids to run around on the ramparts. It was perfect!
Interesting side note: as we were walking back, we saw several women who had head coverings and dressed in long skirts, but it didn't look like Muslim covering. Then we saw that their boys had yarmukles, and even some boys had the really long front (side?) locks (the ones right in front of the ears), so obviously they were Jewish. Later I saw a rabbi too, so I assumed it was just a field trip of a Jewish school or something (and that might in fact have been what it was). But once we got home I was reading something on a message board posted by a Jewish woman. She was apologizing that her answer was so brief, but it is the Feast Of Tabernacles right now, and the custom is to take children on outings! So maybe that's what we were seeing!
Here is a post I found with pictures of him closer up, in case you are now really curious. LOL!
One last picture of Ft. McHenry from behind, from where we were having our picnic. It was a beautiful day!
As we were driving home, there were dark clouds amassing over D.C.--a very fitting picture for right now, I think. It rained on the way home, but thankfully it stopped, because Luke, Caleb, and Jonathan are all running in a cross country meet this afternoon, and I was hoping they could not be miserable!