For this years Flag Day, I chose to help celebrate the Star Spangled Banner’s 200 years! As national treasures go, it was a bargain: $405.90 was paid to Mary Pickersgill of Baltimore, who fashioned it from red, blue and undyed wool, plus cotton for the 15 stars to fly at the fortress guarding the city’s harbor.
An enormous flag, 30 by 42 feet, it was intended as a bold statement to the British warships that were certain to come. And, when in September 1814, the young United States turned back the invaders in a spectacular battle witnessed by Francis Scott Key, he put his joy into a verse published first as “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” and then, set to the tune of a British drinking song – immortalized as “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The flag itself, enshrined since 2008 in a special chamber at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, following a $7 million restoration and due to be celebrated today, 14 June 2014 with a national singalong (http://anthemforamerica.si.edu/) remains a bold statement. But what is it saying to you?
This story was taken from the Smithsonian Magazine with many thanks.
Have a wonderful day!!
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Farewell Salutes –
William Beach – Columbus, IN; US Army, Korea
Guadalupe Castillo – La Villa, TX; US Air Force, Vietnam
George Champagne – Greenville, RI; US Navy, WWII, USS Strong
Diane Gore – Palm Desert, CA; US Navy, Captain (Ret.)
Albert Hauss Jr. – Millstadt, IL; US Army Air Corps, WWII
Brandon Maggart – Kirksville, MO; US Army, Iraq, Sgt., 5th Air Defense Artillery Reg.
Charles Person – Fanwood, NJ; US Navy, WWII
Clifford “Chief” Smith – Pensacola, FL; USMC Army National Guard, Air Force Reserves
Raymond Trenkamp – Maynard, IA; US Army, Korea
William Wade – New Zealand; Royal Navy # 327647, WWII