It’s proof that not everything is melancholy or alarming this week: Three cheers for the National Park Service, which managed to assemble 6,609 appropriately clad children into a “living” American flag at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore to celebrate the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The herculean 90-minute task was completed at high noon Tuesday. The flag formation spanned 50,384 square feet — that’s 188 feet by 268 feet — entirely made up of enthusiastic local students from the fourth to eighth grades, who donned red, white or blue coverups and meandered their way into the largest living flag on record.
So huzzah. And double huzzah to organizers for including Myrtle Sanders in the phenomenon; she was part of the 1914 living flag formation as a 3-month-old infant during the national anthem’s centennial celebration at Fort McHenry back in the day.
“It was breathtaking to witness these students and their teachers become part of history of Fort McHenry while learning about two of our nation’s greatest symbols of freedom and democracy — the American flag and the national anthem,” says Tina Cappetta, the site superintendent.
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