Mansfield St. Peter’s Boy Scout Troop 121, Mayor Tim Theaker, and others held a celebration at the South Park Block House in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
Written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry, the song quickly became a favorite of live bands who played during public events. President Woodrow Wilson eventually made an official order that the Star Spangled Banner be played at military-related events, and shortly after that, the tune became America’s national anthem. A short service was held at the South Park Block House, including traditional cannon-fire, the raising of the flag, and the singing of the National Anthem.
“I take great pride in living here in this country, especially in Mansfield,” said Mayor Tim Theaker. “The veterans, the army, the navy, and the military do so much and put their lives on the line for us every time they go out. We can only honor them in what we do.”
Aside from the ceremony held by St. Peter’s Boy Scout Troop, historical re-enactors participated to give attendees a taste of what life in the 1800s was like, complete with period authentic clothing and accessories.
Thank you to Scoutmaster Chris Baldasare for this story and photos.