The National Museum of American History and the U.S. Postal Service join to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner with a new stamp.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 -
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American HistoryFlag Hall
John Gray, director, National Museum of American History
Kristin Seaver, vice president, Area Operations, Capital Metro Area, U.S. Postal Service
Jennifer Locke Jones, chair and curator, Division of Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History
Tina Cappetta, superintendent, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
United States Air Force Band, Ceremonial Brass
Two hundred years ago at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, an American flag was transformed into the “Star-Spangled Banner”—the flag that inspired the national anthem. The Postal Service’s Star-Spangled Banner Forever Stamp will be unveiled during a special ceremony at the museum to celebrate that pivotal event and kick-off official events.
Continuing throughout the summer, events include a naturalization ceremony; the display of Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript in the flag’s gallery; a call to millions of Americans to simultaneously sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”; and a cocktail program, “Raise a Glass to History,” in 15 cities.
The Star-Spangled Banner Forever Stamp design features a photograph of the flag that flies over the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. This flag is a replica of the one that inspired Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” after realizing Fort McHenry had withstood the British attack of Sept. 13–14, 1814.