Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
Sailabration Press Conference
June 5, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is great to be here with all of you in the Inner Harbor this morning for this important announcement. Before I go any further I want to thank Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who have worked so hard to help make Star Spangled 200 a success.
War of 1812 Bicentennial
The War of 1812 and the Battle of North Point are a proud part of Baltimore County’s history. That is why we are thrilled to be joining with our partners in Baltimore City and the State of Maryland to give the bicentennial of this conflict the celebration it deserves.
All of us who make our homes in the Baltimore region are fortunate to be the heirs to a long and proud legacy--one that stretches back even before the founding of this great nation. History has been made here time and time again, but never was that history as significant as those September days in 1814 when war came to the Chesapeake Bay. On September 13, the brave soldiers at Fort McHenry fought to secure the very future of their newly created nation. But that battle would have never happened without what happened at North Point.
Commemorating the Battle of North Point
One day earlier, men from across this region took their places just a few miles east of here, on the fields of North Point. They came there to defend their homes and face the kind of threat to liberty that none of us here can fully comprehend. The most powerful army in the known world, one which had just burned the nation’s capital to the ground, was invading their home with a single goal: conquest.
These brave men did not have the training or experience of their opponents, but they were united by their love of their homes, their commitment to one another, and their dedication to the ideals that made this new country so unique. For one long September day, the troops at North Point held back an army nearly twice its size, and against all odds prevented the British from reaching Baltimore by land.
Unable to mount a successful land assault, the British’s naval attack on Baltimore’s harbor also failed, and the British abandoned their plans to overtake the city.
It is no exaggeration to say that what happened at North Point, and right over there at Fort McHenry, did nothing less than save the future of our nation. The victory here was a turning point in the War of 1812 and the blood, sweat, and tears those brave men left on that field and in that fort preserved the liberty of the generations of Americans that would follow them.
On June 16th and 17th, the Star Spangled Sailabration will be a fantastic opportunity to commemorate this anniversary. At the Martin State Airport in Baltimore County there will be aircrafts on display from every era from World War II to today and autograph signings with the Blue Angels. Martin State Airport will also serve as the take off and landing site for all of the planes involved in the Star Spangled Sailabration air show. A visit to Martin State Airport that weekend is a great way to spend the afternoon, and it’s just a few minutes away from the festivities down here in the harbor.
This is going to be a great celebration and a great way to spend a weekend, and I look forward to seeing all of you there.