200 years of national pride

The preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner…

Over the past 30 days in 2014, we’ve seen some amazing tributes to the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem, and the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s writing from atop Fort McHenry. Now, we would like to turn your attention to where that same flag is now, and how you can interact with it from wherever you may be.

Recapping the 2014 celebrations

On Flag Day in June, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History hosted a nationwide sing-along event, preceded by a musical and narrative presentation on the history of our flag and the national anthem.

On the 4th of July the two largest fireworks displays in the United States focused their attention on the 200th anniversary of the national anthem as well, including Washington D.C.’s presentation of a fantastic new arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner from the legendary mind of Oscar-winning composer, John Williams.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Star-Spangled Banner Exhibit

Perhaps the greatest contribution to the celebration of our national anthem and the flag that inspired it is the permanent installation provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Both online and in the museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has gone to great lengths to teach the history of the events surrounding the creation of the actual star-spangled banner and the writing of the poem that would eventually become our national anthem. Here, you can see the various ways that they have invested in preserving our nation’s history, and the legendary status of our national relic.

Visitors to the Washington D.C. area can actually visit the original, hand-sewn, star-spangled banner that Mary Pickersgill and her team of helpers constructed. The flag is now housed in a permanent, state-of-the-art, climate controlled exhibition titled, The Star-Spangled Banner: the Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.

The Smithsonian’s efforts online

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has also commissioned an interactive website wherein visitors can immerse themselves and come away with comprehensive knowledge of the star-spangled banner’s history, from it’s original conception to a thorough understanding of its current condition.

Visitors start here, with an online overview of the live exhibit. From this page, educators can link to resources for classroom use, or users can chart their own course for exploration.

Readers then delve into any one of a variety of related topics. From the War of 1812, or the making of the flag, to the composition of the song and the legacy left for us all today. Motivated researchers will even find an interactive flag exhibit on the site, with 25 points of fact highlighted on the display. Still others will happen upon the video re-enactment you see below.

It’s at this time every year that we have the opportunity to look back at our own history, the history of LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®, and appreciate the path of those whose sacrifices paved the way for our own opportunity. It is at this time every year that we are instilled with national pride, and are bolstered in our unwavering effort to offer only the highest quality of 100% American-made American flags. It is at this time every year that our hearts swell a little each time we send an American flag out of our doors to wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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