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New Star-Spangled Banner takes shape in Maryland

Thursday - 8/1/2013, 1:00pm  ET

JESSICA GRESKO
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- It was 200 years ago this summer that a Baltimore flag-maker stitched the flag that inspired America's national anthem. Now, hundreds of people are helping recreate the star-spangled banner.

The project began July 4 in Baltimore, and it is expected to take volunteers six weeks to hand sew the estimated 150,000 stitches in the famous flag. When finished, it will be about a quarter of the size of a basketball court.

The public gets a chance to help with the sewing Saturday and again next week. Hundreds have signed up to participate.


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