Music, speeches and fireworks will mark the 14th annual Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance tonight at Fort McHenry.
The evening's ceremonies will begin at 6:15 p.m., and will feature a parade of state flags, a flyover by the Maryland Air National Guard, the singing of the National Anthem by Baltimore-born opera star Melvin Lowery and fireworks about 9:15 p.m.
The recitation of the Pledge will take place at 7 p.m., led by state and local officials, including Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes; Representatives Helen Delich Bentley and Benjamin L. Cardin; state Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein; and Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
All are scheduled to deliver brief remarks.
An invitation to President Bill Clinton to lead the pledge in person or from the White House was turned down, according to Louis V. Koerber, head of the foundation organizing the event commemorating Flag Day.
Limited parking is available at the fort, Mr. Koerber said.
He urged those who want to attend to take special MTA shuttle buses that will run from the intersection of Fort Avenue and Lawrence Street.