Smithsonian and U.S. Postal Service Celebrate and Kick-Off Events for the Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

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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

  • 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.

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