200th March of the Defenders
September 11, 10:00 AM
Ceremonial Assembly of the Militia at Patterson Park
September 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
6-mile march from Rodgers’ Bastion to Battle Acre in Dundalk
September 11, 1:30 PM
Remembrance Ceremony at Battle Acre Park
Five hundred uniformed men and women of the Maryland Army National Guard will march the 6-mile route along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail that Maryland’s Defenders – the Maryland Militia – marched 200 years ago to defend Baltimore and the nation from the British invasion. Events will begin with a ceremony at 10:00 AM in Patterson Park featuring Governor Martin O’Malley and musical performances by the Maryland Defense Force Band and elements of the Maryland National Guard’s 229th Army Band.
Church bells will ring at 11:00 AM, recreating the sounds of 200 years ago when the Maryland Militia was called to service. Participating churches include:
- Holy Rosary
- Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Nazareth Lutheran Church
- Iglesia de la Resurrección
- St. Casimir
- United Evangelical
The Maryland Army National Guard will then proceed on the 6-mile march from Patterson Park, going east along Eastern Avenue crossing over the Baltimore city line into Baltimore County, turning south at North Point Road and terminating at the newly re-opened Battle Acre Park.
At Battle Acre Park, the Maryland Army National Guard will be welcomed by another musical performance by the Maryland Defense Force Band and elements of the Maryland National Guard’s 229th Army Band. A special wreath-laying ceremony featuring the Baltimore County Executive and representatives from the British Embassy will conclude events at 1:30 PM.
The 6-mile segment of American history, now connecting neighborhoods of diverse patriotic Americans, should be specially decked out with red, white and blue gardens and 15 star/15 stripe flags.
Battle Acre Park
North Point Road | Dundalk, MD 21222