From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.
If you have a tattoo of the DC flag, now is the time to flaunt it.
An anthem to taxation without representation, DC’s flag is distinct, defiant and resilient. And like a popular punk rock lyric, it’s no wonder the District’s flag is permanently etched into so many people’s skin.
Thursday, June 14 is Flag Day all throughout the U.S. However, here in DC, we like to do things a bit differently (and no, I am not referring to the way we devour cupcakes and use acronyms like they are real words). In DC, we celebrate flags in a more permanent way; and nothing is more permanent than a tattoo.
This year, celebrate Flag Day with your fellow DC flag tattoo aficionados (and a DC flag tattoo flash mob) in Dupont Circle from 5 pm until 8 pm. The celebration continues until midnight at Eighteenth Street Lounge, with musical performances from Bluebrain, Jonny Grave & The Tombstones, Fire and the Wheel and Adrian Parsons.
From Candida Mannozzi. You can reach her at candida[AT]borderstan.com.
Borderstan, if you want more flag-related things to see and do this weekend (our unrepresented status in Congress notwithstanding), consider the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore!The Sailabration launches Maryland’s efforts to celebraye the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and kicks off in Baltimore Harbor this weekend. Numbers of Navy ships and tall ships from the U.S. and elsewhere have been gathering in the Harbor and will be open for free on-board tours.As a reminder, the U.S. national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, was written about a key battle for Baltimore’s Fort McHenry (which overlooks the city’s Inner Harbor) during the War of 1812 and refers to the successful American defense of the Fort in 1814. The “banner” the song refers to was an enormous U.S. flag commissioned by Fort McHenry’s commanding officer: it measured 30 x 42 feet and was created in 1813 by five Baltimore women in just seven week’s time (the cotton stars on the flag were two feet wide from point to point).
Happy flag day, no matter where you will celebrate it, Borderstan!