"I didn't know all the details about the verses or all of the beautiful words," he said. "But, it's a very special song, and I'm amazed at the passion [the Esmonds] have for it."
The couple has also installed a diorama in a 30-foot-wide storefront window at The Gallery Mall in the Inner Harbor. In it, they have displayed a 30- by 42-foot, 15-star American flag that once flew over Fort McHenry, a replica War of 1812 British Congreve rocket launcher, historical portraits, and photocopies of "The Star-Spangled Banner" manuscript.
Judging by the handprints he regularly cleans from the display's glass windows, the diorama has been especially popular with children, he said.