Happy Defender's Day!
|See the new trim on the bottom of my skirt?|
It's a bummer my sleeve trim isn't showing in this picture.
|The kids at the tavern tent playing with their wooden launching top.|
That thing is fun!
|My friend - one of the Ft. McHenry Guard volunteers - in the red dress.|
|A lot of the people here holding the HUGE flag were from a Maryland Embroidery Guild or something like that who had worked so hard to create this flag - all stitched by hand!|
(Including the stitches my family and I put in as well!)
|The Replica 1814 wool bunting Star Spangled Banner flying proudly at Ft. McHenry!|
In fact, a really sweet moment happened when I was with the kids in the museum of the visitor's center. The kids were playing at one of the exhibits. And then an older gentleman approached me and indicating the kids said, "Thank you for what you're doing." I was a little confused at first, so I asked him if he meant bringing the kids or just dressing in costume in general. He then told me that he was a Texas Cowboy reenactor of some kind and said that there are so many kids that don't get to have that connection with history and the best thing you can do for them is to start them off young. He then thanked me again and moved on his way. I was a little taken aback, but pleased too. That is exactly how I feel about connecting children to History and while they're so young it sometimes is hard for me to do a lot, but I do what I can. It was nice to be acknowledged for that too, even though it wasn't something I was looking for.
As a little treat, I'm posting a video of the replica flag going up the flagpole, because it's just something you need to see! You can hear me in the background saying things like "Oh, wow!" and "There's our stitch!" haha! So don't mind me. :-)