This flag was so important because it stayed up through the Battle of Baltimore, during the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key wrote the poem called the Defense of Fort McHenry because the Americans won the battle. That poem became our national anthem and was called the Star Spangled Banner. When he wrote the poem, Francis Scott Key was on a British ship. He was on the ship to ask the British to let Dr. Beanes, an American doctor who treated wounded soldiers, go free. The British general thought Dr. Beanes was not treating the injured British soldiers as well as he was treating the Americans and they captured him. Francis Scott Key showed him that he was wrong and they let Dr. Beanes go. Mr Key and Dr Beanes had to stay on the ship during the battle because the British didn't want the Americans to know their plans.
This flag is different from the usual American flag because there were only 15 stars and 15 stripes. There were only 15 states in the USA at the time. Today there are 13 stripes and 50 stars on the flag.
We were excited to participate in this activity because it was the 200th anniversary! Go red, white and blue!
This post was written by the members of class 2B.