'Star Spangled Banner' flag repaired and flying in Bel Air

  • Bishop & Adkins hung this replica "Star Spangled Banner" flag that once flew over Fort McHenry on the CPA firm's building for the July 4th holiday. The flag was repaired recently by Kroh's Cleaners of Bel Air.
Bishop & Adkins hung this replica "Star Spangled… (Photo courtesy of Bishop…)

Two businesses in Bel Air recently teamed up to get a special edition Old Glory flying again.

Bishop & Adkins P.A., a CPA firm at 612 Rock Spring Road, says it recently acquired a replica of the original garrison flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on Sept. 12, 1814.

The replica had flown over Fort McHenry and was in need of repair, the firm noted in a news release.

The flag was taken to Kroh's Cleaners on Pennsylvania Avenue, which repaired and cleaned it.

Bishop & Adkins was able to display the repaired flag for the July 4th celebrations in Bel Air and elsewhere in Harford County.

The 15 stars and 15 stripes of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry replaced the original 13-star version, acknowledging the Union's latest additions, Vermont and Kentucky.

This 15-star flag was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry."

The poem, retitled with the flag's name of the closing lines of the first stanza – Star Spangled Banner – and set to the tune "To Anacreon in Heaven," later became the national anthem of the United States.

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