Star-Spangled Banner Replica Part of Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day

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Contact: Laura Rodini lrodini@mdhs.org 410-685-3750 Ext. 322 

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A section of the recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag at the Annapolis Statehouse on Maryland Day, 2014
Courtesy: Jay Baker


BALTIMORE, March 27, 2014 -- The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) proudly announces that its replica Star-Spangled Banner flag will be featured with the Fort McHenry Guard as part of the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day ceremony at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Monday, March 31. 

 

At 3:05 p.m., the Baltimore Orioles begin their season at home against the Boston Red Sox. During the opening ceremony, the Maryland Historical Society's replica Star-Spangled Banner flag will be unfurled over the batter's eye wall in center field as the National Anthem is sung by American tenor, Richard Troxell.

 

Colors will be presented by both the United States Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, provided by the Military District of Washington, and the Fort McHenry Guard.

 

"It will be a Star-Spangled Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles on March 31 as red, white and blue will be added to Orioles' signature orange and black colors that decorate Camden Yards," stated Baltimore Orioles.

 

About the Maryland Historical Society's Replica Star-Spangled Banner

   

 

The replica Star-Spangled Banner flag accurately represents the 30 x 42-foot banner that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

 

Made entirely by hand, bearing fifteen stars and fifteen stripes, the replica Star-Spangled Banner flag was created by over 1,000 Maryland Historical Society volunteers in the summer of 2013 using authentic fabric and hand stitching techniques, just like Mary Pickersgill in the summer of 1813.

 

The flag gained international media attention for The Maryland Historical Society and its partners in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the National Anthem.

 

"The Orioles, Fort McHenry, and the Maryland Historical Society are all important parts of the Star-Spangled City - we are very excited to partner with them to share this very popular piece of hands-on history with Oriole fans everywhere," said Kristin Schenning, Education Director at the Maryland Historical Society.

 

About The Fort McHenry Guard

 

The Fort McHenry Guard will wear the uniform of the soldiers who defended the Star-Spangled Banner from British attack during the War of 1812. As members of the National Park Service stationed at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Fort McHenry Guard provides a touchstone to the past by garrisoning the fort every day during the summer months.

 

The Star-Spangled Banner's Bicentennial Celebrations Continue

 

Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards marks the third time the recreated Star-Spangled Banner will be on view to the public. On Defenders Day, 2013, the recreated Star-Spangled Banner flew for the first time at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. On March 25, 2014, the flag was carried by The Pride of Baltimore II and displayed at the Annapolis Statehouse for Maryland Day festivities.

 

In addition, the original Manuscript of The Star-Spangled Banner, penned in Francis Scott Key's hand, will be on loan to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History from June 14-July 6, 2014.

 

The Maryland Historical Society is partnering with the following organizations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812; Pride of Baltimore II, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the General Assembly and the Statehouse Trust, the 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Star Spangled 200, Inc., the Ark and Dove Society, the Society of Colonial Wars and Historic Annapolis. The festivities will culminate in September, 2014 with a statewide "Star-Spangled Spectacular" celebration. For full details visit: http://www.starspangled200.com/.

 

About The Maryland Historical Society

 

Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine." Visit www.mdhs.org.

 

For more details, contact Marketing Director Laura Rodini at lrodini@mdhs.org or by phone: 410-685-3750 ext. 322.

 

For a complete lineup of Opening Day activities at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, see this link.