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 History Flag Hall
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.