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September 14, 2014, marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our National Anthem, and a unique opportunity to raise awareness and connect people nationwide to this defining moment in America’s second and final struggle for independence, the War of 1812. 

Americans, free and enslaved, rich and poor, black and white, men and women banded together to save their new nation just weeks after the Capitol burned. Francis Scott Key, upon seeing the glory of the American flag over the ramparts at Fort McHenry the morning after the 25-hour bombardment, was so inspired he wrote the Star-Spangled Banner – words that have become part of our American fabric.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine 
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One hundred years later, in September 1914, students and citizens came together to honor the history of our United States. With passion and pride, 6,500 students created “The Wonderful Human Flag” using bleachers and color cards to create their Star-Spangled Banner! 

We invite you to join us to create a Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag and/or watch more than 7,000 students do so at Fort McHenry on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. 

This Bicentennial year provides Americans an opportunity to connect with two of our greatest symbols of freedom and democracy – the flag and the anthem.