Governor seeks business support for 1812 bicentennial celebration

Governor Martin O'Malley visits GBC board meeting

The upcoming year-long War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration gives Baltimore and Maryland a unique branding opportunity, Governor Martin O’Malley told GBC board members on March 9.

A chance to commemorate the city and state’s pivotal role in securing America’s independence and enhancing the standing of the young nation among the countries of the world, the governor shared his excitement with GBC leaders and asked for their support of the $25 million celebration, which will begin with a maritime festival. The Star-Spangled Sailabration, running from June 14-18, will feature dozens of tall ships and naval war ships, the premiere of a new symphonic work, and an air show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

“It is a great story,” O’Malley said. “There is no other city in our country that can claim this story. And it’s one of the few verses that every child in America is taught in school. We don’t have to make up a new song for the bicentennial. The song is there. We just need to sing it.”

The Star-Spangled Sailabration kicks off 15 months of events in Maryland, building up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the creation of The Star-Spangled Banner in September 2014.

Additional events will include an international conference, “From Enemies to Allies,” in June 2013.

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