In a stiff breeze, more than 3,000 elementary and high school students from across Maryland stood tall today to create a living American flag at Fort McHenry -- even though their Old Glory was shy two stars.
The students, who represented 22 out of Maryland's 24 counties, held sections of red, white and blue cardboard to form the flag that stretched out the size of a football field. They also held 48 stars instead of the usual 50 because two were broken and not used.
However, that didn't affect the spirits of the participants.
William Blount, 12, a student at Northwood Elementary School in north Baltimore, said he felt especially proud after the allied victory in the Persian Gulf war.