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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Another high point for the Star-Spangled Sailabration. Thousands have flocked downtown for the spectacular displays on water and in the skies over Charm City and now there’s a special ceremony as the festivities come to a close.

Jessica Kartalija has a look at Monday’s history-making event to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

A ceremony marking 200 years to the day of the start of the War of 1812.

“This is our story and this is a story worthy of a great people and this is a story we will tell together,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

At Fort McHenry, this was a history-making event. Maryland’s top brass marks two centuries of friendship between the U.S., Britain and Canada.

“For the first time ever, the ambassador of Canada and the ambassador of the United Kingdom came here to attest to peace and attest to the close bonds that tie our three countries together,” said Vince Vaise, Fort McHenry interpreter.

“You can fight battles, you can win wars and you can become allies but democracy is our biggest tribute,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski.

The Morgan State choir performed the Star-Spangled Banner.

“It’s cool that we get to participate in such a big part of Maryland. The War of 1812 was in Maryland and we go to Morgan, a Maryland state university,” said Chelsea Stroble.

The ceremony is a reminder of the historic battle that took place at Fort McHenry.

“I’m very patriotic. I love Fort McHenry, I love the history of this area,” said Joanne Goedde.

This also marks the last full day that visitors can tour the tall ships before Tuesday’s departure.

“Today and Sailabration was like having the Fourth of July, your birthday, New Year’s Day and Flag Day all in one big weekend! It’s going to take a long time for me to come down from this,” Vaise said.

The festivities end Tuesday.

Web Extra: The Star-Spangled Sailabration Special

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