See Our Star-Spangled Banner Replica At The Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day Game

March 28, 2014

Dear Reader,

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

We want to let you know that our 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 will begin their 60th season at home against the Boston Red Sox. During the opening ceremony, which will begin at 2:30 pm, our replica Star-Spangled Banner flag will be unfurled over the batter's eye wall in center field as the National Anthem is sung. We couldn't be more proud!

Colors will be presented by both the United States Joint Armed Forces Color Guard and the Fort McHenry Guard.

Even if you can't see the game in person, you can still catch all of the action by tuning in to WJZ TV in the Baltimore Region, or ESPN2. Check the Orioles broadcast schedule for channel information.

A Flag of Historic Proportions

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."

With the help of more than 250 experienced stitchers and over one thousand members of the public, the flag was pieced together utilizing the same techniques as found in the original Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in September of 1814.

The flag gained international media attention for The Maryland Historical Society and our 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

Fort McHenry Guard
Courtesy: 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 proudly 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.

So tune in, and watch on Monday, March 31 beginning at 2:30 pm -- it will be Star-Spangled Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles!


Burton Kummerow
President, The Maryland Historical Society