By MAJ (MDDF) Stephen Rice
Maryland Defense Force Public Affairs
2 September 2014
During the 200th Anniversary celebration of the National Anthem, the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) 10th Medical Regiment will provide onsite medical support at Fort McHenry. As thousands of citizens visit Baltimore for the festivities, the MDDF 10th Medical Regiment will be operating a mobile hospital for the “National Anthem Celebration on September 13” and the “By Dawns Early Light Celebration” on September 14.
The National Anthem Celebration will feature music by, “The Presidents’ Own” U.S. Marine Corps Band, the Morgan State University Choir and “Maryland’s Musical Ambassadors,” the Maryland Defense Force Band. The event will also feature remarks by elected officials and a large fireworks display. The By Dawns Early Light Celebration will include a procession of military units including the Fort McHenry Guard, artillery salutes and musical tributes. A replica of the original Star Spangled Banner flag will also be raised over Fort McHenry.
“The presence of the MDDF 10th Medical Regiment helps to ensure that visitors to Fort McHenry can enjoy the patriotic festivities in a healthy and safe environment,” according to Brig. Gen. (MDDF) Stanley Minken, commander of the unit. He also commented that, “Our medical professionals take pride in providing excellent medical care for the State of Maryland. We also take special pride in continuing the Maryland Militia’s tradition of service.”
The Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) is the State’s uniformed volunteer military unit providing professional and technical assistance to the Maryland Military Department. Established in 1917, the MDDF consists of nearly 450 personnel who perform legal, engineering, finance, medical, chaplain, field support and ceremonial services for the State of Maryland. For more information: www.mddf.maryland.gov.