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Memorial to gun violence

St. John Baptist Church in Columbia recently installed a powerful memorial to victims of gun violence in the greater Washington, DC, area. On an embankment behind the church are simple frames, and on each frame is the name (if known), age, and date of death of those killed with a gun in 2014. The resulting display is striking.

Victims of gun violence 2014
Panoramic view of the display memorializing victims of gun violence in the greater Washington, DC area in 2014. Click on image for a larger view.

As Columbia, Maryland is a suburb of Baltimore, presumably the memorial includes Baltimore, Washington, DC, and the area in between. But no matter how you define it, the field of T-shirts is quite moving. The range of ages, from the very young to the very old, is also sobering.

Memorial to gun violence in the Washington, DC area
The stark simplicity of the memorial is stilling: these are shirts that will not be filled, and in many cases the shirts are for victims many times too young to wear an adult T-shirt.

My thanks to the St. John Baptist Church for taking the time and effort to remind us of what we have lost.

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Perched at the end of two piers in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as part of the city’s massive downtown redevelopment. At one time, the National Aquarium in Baltimore was associated with the older National Aquarium in Washington, DC (established in 1873), but the Washington aquarium closed in 2013 during a major renovation project to the Herbert C. Hoover Building, where it had been housed, in the basement, since 1932. Many of the exhibits and animals from the Washington aquarium were transferred to Baltimore.

Photos of the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Real jellyfish
Yes, these are real jellyfish.

Fort McHenry and the Star Spangled Banner

Fort McHenry celebrates the 200th anniversary of the defense of Baltimore in 2014. This defense, immortalized in a poem that evolved into the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, saved the most important seaport in the United States at the time, and helped the nation recover from the embarrassment of the burning of Washington, DC.

Photos of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland.

Flag flying over the entrance
The flag is just inside the star-shaped fort. The entrance is protected by a long passageway, several heavy doors, and a short, removable bridge.