Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the United States Coast Guard! U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon to Perform! Come to Fort McHenry NM&HS for a special FREE afternoon tattoo ceremony featuring patriotic music, military pageantry and living history! The program begins with a concert by the Chesapeake Concert Band, precision rifle drill by the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, presentation of colors by the Coast Guard Color Guard and demonstration hand-to-hand combat exercises and fife and drum music from the War of 1812 by the Fort McHenry Guard.
The highlight of every twilight tattoo is the designation of the "Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard." Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck, head of the Fifth U.S. Coast Guard District, will be honored as "Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard." Past Honorary Colonels have included philanthropists, sports heroes and those who have given to the community. This year marks the Centennial of the U.S. Coast Guard.
During World War II, Fort McHenry served as a U.S. Coast Guard training base. Over 26,000 men and women trained in shipboard firefighting and port security. It is an honor to have the USCG back 70 years later for this special afternoon ceremony.
Following the tattoo, visitors will be invited to fold the great 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner flag and hear the firing of the fort’s evening gun.