A Star-Spangled Sailabration

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This week, members of the Nationals ownership group were invited by the U.S. Navy to celebrate the launch of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner. All of this took place during the Star-Spangled Sailabration, one of the signature events of the three-year commemoration known as Star-Spangled 200.

As part of the festivities, Nationals Principal Owner Robert K. Tanenbaum and his son Grant joined a distinguished group of guests for the day, flying by helicopter and landing aboard the USS San Antonio in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The group toured the vessel - an amphibious transport dock used to move and land Marines, their equipment and supplies – and gained firsthand access to military vehicles and the valiant specialists who operate them, among other opportunities.

The ship was part of a flotilla of more than 40 ships from around the world that navigated under the Key Bridge and into Baltimore Harbor on Wednesday afternoon. The USS San Antonio led the parade of naval vessels past Fort McHenry, where crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the fleet and salute the sailors and marines on board.

“We had a wonderful time aboard the USS San Antonio and are grateful to the crew who made our experience a truly memorable one,” Tanenbaum said. “Between touring the ship and interacting with the brave men and women of our armed forces, this was a one-of-a-kind naval adventure that we won’t soon forget.”

Star-Spangled 200 continues through 2014, with exciting events and exhibitions throughout Baltimore and the State of Maryland.

The Nationals would like to thank the U.S. Navy for inviting the organization to be a part of this remarkable event.

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