BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Tall ships from around the world are all docked for the celebration that’s bringing thousands to Baltimore.

Jessica Kartalija reports.

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In addition to seeing all the beautiful ships and talking to the people, we got a very important history lesson.

There are many sights and sounds of Sailabration– an unprecedented week-long event commemorating the War of 1812 and so much more.

“I’m really proud to see the Star-Spangled Banner flying,” one visitor said. “I’ve taken a lot of pictures of that today.”

Of course, all of the people are out here to see the tall ships, but that’s not all. In addition to all of the pomp and circumstance, there is an important history lesson to be learned.

“In the song, the ramparts– I’ve heard it for years and never knew what rampart was — and it’s actually the walls around the fort,” said one man.

“Baltimore was the prize during the War of 1812. This is what they wanted to come and get. And they couldn’t get it,” said one person.

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“It’s America’s forgotten war. It was our second war for independence,” said another.

“I was riding down from New Castle with my nephew and he told me the whole history,” a visitor said.

Kartalija: “How do you know so much about the War of 1812?”
“I learned it in music class.”

“Baltimore was really a turning point in the war,” said a visitor.

And thanks to the events 200 years ago, thousands celebrate Baltimore’s beauty and rich history.

“While he was watching the attack, he saw the flag and he wrote the song about how the flag was still there,” said a visitor.

For more information on this weekend’s festivities, click here.

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