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Pride of Baltimore captain to preside over Ft. McHenry celebration

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Thunder O’er the Ramparts! Fife and Drum Tattoo Ceremony is coming to Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine on June 28th, 2014 at 6pm.

The event is free to the public and according to a publicity posting, will feature "a military music ceremony showcasing 100 fifers and drummers representing the Revolutionary War through the Civil War."

The Tattoo Ceremony will feature a trooping of the line by the Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard. This years Honorary Colonel is set to be Jan Cameron Miles, captain of the Tall Ship Pride Of Baltimore 2. Captain Miles has been serving on the Tall ship since 1981, when he was aboard the original Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986 during a Microburst event, in which four sailors lost their lives. The Pride of Baltimore 2 was built and launched in 1988 and serves as Maryland's Flagship and Goodwill Ambassador, visiting ports of call all over the world.

The Pride has been seen recently on the Bay, with appearances earlier in the spring on the northern part of the bay, in Havre De Grace in particular, and is currently in Baltimore, with stops later this summer in Washington, D.C., Annapolis, and St. Michaels.

As for the Ft. McHenry celebration, participating Fife and Drum corps, will include local and regional groups. According to the posting, "Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War are Camp Chase Fife and Drum Corps and Maryland Line Fife and Drum Corps. Camp Chase, from Ohio and Pennsylvania represent the Union with popular pieces such as “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

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