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More than 6,600 Maryland students and their chaperones created the largest ever 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." In 1914, Fort McHenry saw the creation of a Living Flag by 6,500 participants in honor of the Centennial.
Photo by Greg Pease, courtesy of the Friends of Fort McHenry.
Formation of World’s Largest Living Flag Broadcast Live on YouTube September 9, 2014
More than 7,000 school students, each wearing red, white and blue will form the largest 15 star/stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag ever created! Students are coming from every county in Maryland and the City of Baltimore for this experiential learning experience. Visitors are welcome to watch the living flag being formed. If unable to attend, feel free to participate virtually! This nation-wide learning opportunity will touch students and visitors across America through distance learning, live streaming and social media.
Buy a Flag! Limited Edition Star-Spangled Banners Available for Purchase Buy a limited edition 15 star / 15 stripe flag to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the defense of Fort McHenry and Baltimore during the War of 1812! Available for purchase through the F. W. Haxel website, these 3' x 5' American-made flags feature sewn stripes and appliqued stars and come with a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these flags will benefit the Friends of Fort McHenry. Please be sure to designate your purchase for the Friends when ordering!
RED, WHITE & HOME! Honor our men and women in uniform by sending them a commemorative War of 1812 Bicentennial Star-Spangled Banner Flag to give them a little piece of home. Join the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Friends of Fort McHenry, The American Flag Foundation, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and Star-Spangled 200, Inc. in a whole new way to make the holiday season brighter for those serving overseas! Purchase a commemorative flag and F.W. Haxel will ship it to an American military personnel serving overseas! or Learn more.
Francis Scott Key Award The Friends of Fort McHenry present the Francis Scott Key award annually to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the preservation and/or public appreciation of Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine.
Previous Francis Scott Key Award Recipients:
2011 - Raymond A. "Chip" Mason, Chair of the Md War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and former President & CEO of Legg Mason
2010 - Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr.
2009 - Society for the War of 1812, Nelson Bolton, President
Young Defenders' Day The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded a grant for $10,000 for Star-Spangled Banner/Defenders' Day Weekend 2012. In addition to support toward programming, the grant supported transportation for more than 1,100 students primarily from Baltimore City for Young Defenders Day educational activities. Children experienced a immersive educational day with over 100 living history interpreters and re-enactors in a recreation of the historic encampment learning what it was like to live and work in the early 19th century at Fort McHenry.
Star-Spangled Virtual Resource Center The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded a grant for $40,000 and Chesapeake Bay Gateways awarded a grant for $50,000 for the development of a virtual resource center focusing on the War of 1812.
In preparation for the Bicentennial of the writing of our National Anthem and the War of 1812, Fort McHenry worked to increase access to relevant web-based educational resources and lesson plans for students and teachers nationwide. The Friends of Fort McHenry in partnership with Living Classrooms Foundation applied for funding support to create a metafile, searchable database incorporating all existing and future lesson plans, curriculum and other related documents and articles on the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore, and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. The database is available to teachers and students free of charge on Maryland Public Television's www.thinkport.org website. Searchable by keyword or subject, one can also filter by national and local educational standards. Material will be continually added, with training sessions offered to parties interested in using the related tools and features. Visit the Star-Spangled Virtual Resource Center!
Hold the Fort! In partnership with the National Park Service, Friends help complete Hold the Fort, a new online educational experience that immerses students and the general public in the British attack on Fort McHenry. Funding graciously provided by the National Park Service and a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority in order to fund the software contractor, EduWeb.
Corp to Fort! The Friends received a capacity building grant from National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to introduce new audiences to the Fort in 2013. The first will be a corporate group with the theme of “Corp to Fort Family Days” and subsequent groups will be from the hospitality community. Friends will work with the Fort’s Interpretation staff to create unique stations for this special experience.