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Photo courtesy of thisisbossi
2012 06 14 – 2827 – DC – Flag Day
courtesy of thisisbossi

You really feel the passion and energy in this shot by thisisbossi. Of course, Congresswoman Norton is not known for being a dull speaker, but this shot of her at the Let Us Vote DC rally on Flag Day last week certainly catches all the emotion that she puts into her work. Great capture!

History, The Daily Feed

Smithsonian Snapshot: The Star-Spangled Banner

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‘Old Glory’
courtesy of ‘Tyrannous’

In honor of Flag Day, the Smithsonian Snapshot brings you some history of a very famous flag. In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill was contracted to sew a 30 x 42–foot garrison flag for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. That flag later became known as the Star-Spangled Banner, the very flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what later became the national anthem. The flag remained the private property of the commander of Fort McHenry, Lieutenant Colonel Armistead’s widow, Louisa Armistead, his daughter Georgiana Armistead Appleton and his grandson, New York stockbroker Eben Appleton, for 90 years.

In 1912, Appleton donated the flag to the Smithsonian with the intention to “present the flag to an institution where it could conveniently be seen by the public and where it would be well cared for.” Continue reading