Students form giant American flag

June 04, 1991|By Elisha King | Elisha King,Evening Sun Staff

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.

"I think they [soldiers] will feel good when they see this because they fought to hold up the flag," the youth said. "We should take part of it, too."

The participants were from 75 schools around the state, said Mike Craft, chairman of the Living American Flag Committee.

Stephen Barry, student affairs specialist for Anne Arundel County, who was in charge of the students in the stars portion of the flag, said two counties has trouble raising money to transport students to the event.

The participants re-created an event that first took place in 1914 to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the composing of the Star Spangled Banner.

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