Flag flown at Fort McHenry will soon soar over Belleville’s Dutch Reformed Church

A giant 8′ x 12′ American flag, which once flew above Fort McHenry, home of the Star Spangled Banner, will be on display in Belleville as part of the Belleville Historical Society July 4 celebration at the old Belleville Dutch Reformed Church. The society traveled to Fort McHenry last September, on the anniversary of the famous battle in Baltimore Harbor where the National Park Service hoisted the flag above the fort in the exact spot where the original Star Spangled banner flew more than 200 years earlier. Francis Scott Key was imprisoned on a British ship and witnessed the massive 25-hour bombardment of the American fort by the British Navy. At dawn, the American flag was still there and Keys began writing the words of what would become America’s national anthem. The July 4 ceremony is set for  11 a.m. in the churchyard located at the corner of Rutgers and Main streets. In the photo, veterans and auxiliaries at Belleville American Legion Post 105 holding the super size flag in preparation for the July 4 festivities.

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