Fort McHenry prepares for the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key's 'Star Spangled Banner'

Twelve sailors from the USS Fort McHenry lent a hand Thursday painting and readying the fort for the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key's 'Star Spangled Banner' celebration in September.

'"The ship wanted to send personnel to get to know the community in Baltimore being as we are the namesake ship of Fort McHenry and everything, so we wanted to come out and touch the community as much as we could,” Dustin Crawford, a sailor on the USS Fort McHenry, said.

The Norfolk-based sailors are working to rehabilitate sights and attractions at Fort McHenry.

"It's always nice to be able to go out and serve the community," Crawford, a Maryland native, said. "Especially the one that you are serving in, like we are in Norfolk. It definitely has a little bit of a special tinge when it's your own hometown and you are on your own news station and everything like that."

In anticipation of the celebration, ranger programs are offered daily and Living History Programs are offered Wednesday through Sunday.

Men and women of our armed forces will be visiting Fort McHenry on Saturday to speak to visitors and enjoy a musical festival.

If you would like to participate in the events held at Fort McHenry, please visit their website

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