Star Spangled Banner flying at
Ft. McHenry, Baltimore, MD
The American flag has a special place in the hearts of Baltimore residents. In 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed there was no official flag but less than 12 months later the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution outlining the original design of the American flag. Betsy Ross is credited with making the first American flag. But to Baltimoreans, special to our hearts is the flag made by Mary Young Pickersgill. Pickersgill stitched the oversized and all important Star Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem while observing the bombardment at Ft. McHenry on the Baltimore Harbor. In 1949, June 14th was made National Flag Day by an Act of Congress.
Because of National Flag Day, this week is National Flag Week and all Americans are urged to fly an American flag all week. The flag should also be displayed at all government buildings. If you choose to fly the flag today or all week long make sure you follow proper flag etiquette. Here is one resource to make sure you fly your flag appropriately (click on the links to the left for specific information).
Ft. McHenry will celebrate Flag Day in collaboration with The Flag Day Foundation, Inc. at Oregon Ridge Park (free parking, free admission) at 6pm on June 14, 2010. Pack a picnic dinner, blanket, your camera, and enjoy the entertainment and spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Sorry, no pets or glass containers. Park opens at 5:30pm. Enjoy!
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