Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 09, 2012
Historic stitching event to kick-off Baltimore’s Bicentennial Celebration and complete restoration of the historic flag rescued from Ground Zero.
"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our Flag was still there." Those iconic words were written by Francis Scott Key when he saw what became known as the Star-Spangled Banner Flag flying above Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
Those very same words also rang true in New York City in the days following September 11, 2001 when a 30-foot American flag destroyed in the aftermath of the collapse of Twin Towers hung torn, tattered, and blowing in the wind at Ground Zero for the entire world to see.
This Flag Day - June 14th - in Baltimore, history will literally be stitched together as threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner Flag that flew above Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 will be sewn into a special patch and attached to the Maryland patch of The National 9/11 Flag – thereby completing the historic restoration of this national treasure and forever connecting the original and modern day versions of the Star-Spangled Banner.
As an added historical footnote, the Maryland patch of The National 9/11 Flag - where the Star-Spangled Banner threads will make their final home - was made from a retired American flag that flew at the gravesite of Francis Scott Key.
This historic event is being made possible by The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Museum in Baltimore where Mary Pickersgill sewed the original flag that flew at Fort McHenry, The New York Says Thank You Foundation, which is the custodian for The National 9/11 Flag, a pledged gift to the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and Star-Spangled 200, the organizing committee for Baltimore’s Bicentennial celebrations.
The stitching ceremony will take place at the Flag House Museum at 844 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202 at 2PM on June 14, 2012 and will include dignitaries and special invited guests from around the United States to place these historic stitches that will forever connect The Star-Spangled Banner and The National 9/11 Flag.