School children to form Fort McHenry living flag


About 4,000 Maryland elementary school students will form the stars and stripes at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fort McHenry in the annual re-creation of a 1914 event marking the 100th anniversary of the fort's bombardment and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Youngsters from Baltimore and 15 counties will form the red and white stripes of the Living Flag, and students from all of Maryland's counties and Baltimore will hold the stars.

The final event in the national Flag Week observance -- a pause for the Pledge of Allegiance -- will be held at 7 p.m. on June 14 at Fort McHenry, followed by fireworks.

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