Michael Bennett, who heads the re-enactment group, says that his group is the only uniformed American militia group in North America. "Nobody wants to do American militia because they didn't do so well," he explains.
Bennett, who has attended re-enactments for over 20 years, met his wife, Donamaria, at one.
The Bennetts' two children, 9-year-old Lucinda and 7-year-old Virgil, have attended encampments since they were 6 weeks old. They now demonstrate children's games of the time such as blind man's bluff and nine pins, a tabletop bowling game that involves four-inch wooden pins and a 1 1/2 -inch wooden ball.
This Saturday, these volunteers will join together to once again honor the U.S. flag.
Romayne Einschutz, who headed up the largest ladies sewing committee for the making of the banner replica and who also donated her scrapbook, recalls, "All the women working on it had the utmost respect for the flag. They treated it like it was something immortal. It was truly a labor of love for God and country and the flag."
Now that's worth remembering.
Members of the sewing team who helped to construct the replica Star-Spangled Banner are asked to contact Romayne Einschutz so that they may be honored at the Flag House ceremony this Saturday. Call 410-687-0287.
What: 18th Annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance Program
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m.
WherE: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site
Call: 410-962-4290, Ext. 225
See Family Calendar for more Flag Day events at the U.S.S. Constellation and around Fort McHenry.
What: Flag Day Encampment
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum, 844 E. Pratt St. (across Pratt Street from Little Italy, at Albemarle Street)
Admission: $4, adults; $2, children under 12; $3, seniors
Pub Date: 6/12/97