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Francis Scott Key

Star-spangled anniversary

Star-spangled anniversary

As about 50 eighth-graders from New Jersey gathered around, Elizabeth White unzipped a large duffel bag.

"It's coiled like a big snake in there," said White, a park ranger.

The students helped remove the object. It was indeed moving but not in a scary way.

Backing away from the bag as they tugged on its contents, the students revealed a massive flag, a replica of the original star-spangled banner.

"It's 30 by 42 feet," White explained. "Each stripe is 2 feet wide, and each star is 2 feet point to point."

Standing inside the walls of Baltimore's Fort McHenry National Monument (410-962-4290,, the...