Park advocates criticize Pence's use of Fort McHenry as site for convention speech

Use of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland as a backdrop for Vice President Mike Pence's address to the Republican National Convention this week drew criticism from the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks.

A week ago the Coalition sent a letter to the National Park Service's acting director, Margaret Everson, expressing concerns over the appropriateness of conducting a political event at a unit of the National Park System, and cited damage to the monument believed to have been done by equipment used to set up for this week's event.

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