Star Spangled Banner Project: Maryland sewing enthusiasts to recreate original American flag

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Sewers in Maryland are set to begin recreating the flag that inspired the national anthem.

The Star Spangled Banner Project will officially begin July 4 and is being spearheaded by the Maryland Historical Society. 

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The project is expected to take more than 100 volunteers six weeks to complete.

Baltimore's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will make the first stitch on the flag during a ceremony at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine.

The finished flag will be flown for the first time on Sept. 12.

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