Parades, museums, historic sites offer salute to Maryland veterans
Military history echoes from 18th century onward in state
George Washington called the Maryland regiments that were part of the Continental Army his "Old Line" – a term of admiration that became one of the state's nicknames. In that same tradition of paying tribute to Maryland's military veterans, the state's Office of Tourism encourages travelers to visit the various locations in Maryland where military history resonates during this Veterans Day holiday and the weeks that follow.
81st Brunswick Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 03, 2013
Salute our veterans and active duty military at one of the oldest parades in the Nation! Cheer marching bands, flyover, patriotic floats, military units, Fife & Drum Corps, antique cars.... Free. Rain or shine.
Veterans Day Weekend Celebration
Nov. 9 & 10, 2013
Salute the military and veterans at the B&O! Join us for special living history presentations by members of the 4th Infantry Division Military Police Unit on our WWII Troop Sleeper. Vintage military vehicles will also be on display. Veterans with military identification receive FREE admission on these two event days.
Town of La Plata's Salute to Verterans Parade
Nov. 10, 2013
Join us to honor the men and women of the US Armed Forces. The Salute to Veterans' Parade starts at 1PM at the Courthouse on Charles Street in La Plata. Bring the kids, and come enjoy an old-fashioned, hometown parade!
Thank a Veteran
Nov. 11, 2013
Do you know someone who has served or is currently serving for our country? Meet at the Nature Center and create your own special 'thank you' to our troops. Call 410-287-5333 to make your reservation today!
Elk Neck State Park
North East, Cecil County
City of Gaithersburg
Nov. 11, 2013
City officials and members of local veterans groups will be on hand to honor those who have served in all branches of the military. Officials, veterans and community organizations will also participate in a solemn wreath laying ceremony. Held at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg.
Below are more than a dozen places and routes in Maryland – open year-round – that have exhibits and locations tied to military history. In addition to highlighting wars of the 20th century and beyond, they also connect with earlier conflicts, such as the Civil War and War of 1812.
• Allegany Museum, Cumberland (Allegany County) – An anchor attraction in the Canal Place Heritage Area, The Allegany Museum collects artifacts, print and manuscript materials, maps, photographs, motion picture film, video and audio tapes (oral histories), paintings, and other items which have been created or used in the greater Cumberland, Maryland, area. The museum has 50,000 items in a dozen collections that depict the region's heritage. Admission is free.
• Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg (Washington County) – On Sept. 17, 1862, the Battle of Antietam raged for 12 hours as 500 cannon fired more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition. This Civil War conflict turned into the deadliest one-day battle in American history, with more than 23,000 soldiers killed, wounded or missing. Join a park ranger for a "battlefield talk," take a self-guided hike or bike ride, or tour by car.
• Civil War Trails – This collection of trails feature: the emergence of the war's first bloodshed during the "Baltimore Riots" (Baltimore, A House Divided); the routes of Gen. Robert E. Lee's invasion of Maryland (Antietam Campaign); marches of Union and Confederate troops during the Gettysburg Campaign (Gettysburg: Invasion and Retreat); and an attempted escape route (John Wilkes Booth, Escape of an Assassin).
• College Park Aviation Museum, College Park Airport (Prince George's County) – The museum is on the grounds of the oldest, continuously operating airport in the world, which opened in 1909 when Wilbur Wright trained military aviators there.
• Fort Frederick State Park, near Big Pool (Washington County) – The star-shaped fort was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. The park is a half-mile from the Western Maryland Rail Trail.
• Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore – The star-shaped fort – birthplace of the National Anthem – famously withstood a British bombardment in Sept. 1814. The visitor center has exhibits and an orientation film. The Fort McHenry Guard presents living-history depictions of life during the War of 1812, artillery demonstrations and other programs.
• Historic Ships in Baltimore – This collection of military vessels – located within walking distance of each other by the Inner Harbor – includes the U.S.S. Constellation, U.S.S. Torsk (submarine), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney and Lightship Chesapeake. The Taney was the last U.S. ship in commission that had survived the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
• Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, St. Leonard (Calvert County) – Located on a peninsula along the Patuxent River, "Jef Pat" is a 560-acre property with 70 archaeological sites. The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, which houses 8 million artifacts, is here. During the War of 1812, just off-shore, Joshua Barney led his "Chesapeake Flotilla" – an assortment of barges and gunboats – against the British in Maryland's largest-ever naval battle.
• Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick (Frederick County) – This was the site of the only Confederate victory on Union soil during the Civil War. In 1864, 15,000 Confederate troops were advancing toward the nation's capital when they encountered resistance from 6,500 Union troops at Monocacy Junction – a significant rail hub. The conflict, however, delayed the Confederate march and became known as "The Battle That Saved Washington, D.C." Five walking trails are here. The visitor center has interactive and multi-media exhibits.
• National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick (Frederick County) – Dedicated to the legacy of Civil War medical innovation, the museum has five galleries and more than 1,200 artifacts. Modern military medicine evolved out of the war with the development of triage, evacuation and medical supply systems. Frederick is a crossroads for tracing Civil War history in the region.
• Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park (St. Mary's County) – In 1937, the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics recognized its need for a base where the testing of Navy aircraft could be consolidated. A location in St. Mary's County was selected. The advent of Pearl Harbor accelerated the process. Patuxent River Naval Air Base opened in 1943. The museum preserves the history of the base and the evolution of Naval air technology. For a $10 fee, take a 30-minute spin in the cockpit of a flight simulator.
• Star-Spangled Banner Trail – Stretching from Solomons in Southern Maryland up to Baltimore, the trail traces the route of British invasion forces during the War of 1812's Chesapeake Campaign. The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons has artifacts recovered from one of the American gunboats engaged in the Battles of St. Leonard Creek. After moving up the Patuxent River, attacking at Bladensburg, then sacking Washington, D.C., the British encountered stiff resistance in the pivotal Battle of Baltimore.
• U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis (Anne Arundel county) – The academy started in 1845 as the Naval School at Fort Severn, where 50 students attended classes on a 10-acre campus. In 1850, it became the U.S. Naval Academy, and since then, it has expanded into a 338-acre complex that accommodates 4,500 midshipmen. The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center and U.S. Naval Academy Museum are on the grounds. Public tours are available.