Sunday, September 15, 2013

Check your Answers!

The Star-Spangled Banner was.....


Made in
 Baltimore, Maryland, in July-August 1813 by flagmaker Mary Pickersgill, her daughter, 2 nieces, and an indentured servant.

Commissioned by Major George Armistead, commander of
 Fort McHenry

Original size:
 30 feet by 42 feet

15
 stars and 15 stripes

Raised over Fort McHenry on the morning of
 September 14, 1814, to signal American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore; the sight inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Preserved by the
 Armistead family as a memento of the battle

The letter"A"
 was sewn into the original flag by Louisa Armistead, widow of the commander of Fort McHenry.

First loaned to the
 Smithsonian Institution in 1907; converted to permanent gift in 1912.

The Star-Spangled Banner officially became our National Anthem in the year of
 1931.