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Star-Spangled Birthday …


I didn’t know this until yesterday but 2014 is the 200th birthday of our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner.

This is a picture of the flag that flew over Ft McHenry in Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem which became our national anthem.

I took this picture of the flag in 1985 at the Smithsonian, photos of it are not allowed anymore.

In 1981, the Smithsonian began a two-year preservation effort: staff vacuumed the flag to reduce accumulated dust, installed new lighting and air-handling systems, and mounted a screen in front of the flag to protect it from light and damaging airborne matter.

 But more needed to be done to preserve the flag and in 2008 the flag got its own state of the art gallery.. CLICK HERE to visit that site.


CLICK HERE to read the story behind the Star-Spangled Banner.

CLICK HERE for the story of the Star-Spangled Banner



Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Star-Spangled Birthday …

  1. beautiful joan!!! and kind of bittersweet….young people today don’t know, and don’t seem to care, about what the flag stands for and symbolizes…. when i hear the Star Spangled Banner play, not only do i put my hand over my heart…. it brings tears to my eyes…..our country is in a sad state right now…. 😦

  2. thank you for the great comment… 🙂

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