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New star-spangled banner takes shape in Maryland

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  • With a model of the flag hanging above her, volunteer Joy Wiley sews a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore as part of a project to commemorate the creation of the flag that inspired Americaís national anthem.

      With a model of the flag hanging above her, volunteer Joy Wiley sews a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore as part of a project to commemorate the creation of the flag that inspired Americaís national anthem.
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  • Volunteer Jan Lucas sews part of a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore as part of a project to commemorate the creation of the flag that inspired Americaís national anthem.

      Volunteer Jan Lucas sews part of a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore as part of a project to commemorate the creation of the flag that inspired Americaís national anthem.
    Associated Press

  • Volunteer Jan Lucas sews along the edge of a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore.

      Volunteer Jan Lucas sews along the edge of a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore.
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  • Volunteers smooth out sections of a replica of the star-spangled banner before they are sewn together in Baltimore.

      Volunteers smooth out sections of a replica of the star-spangled banner before they are sewn together in Baltimore.
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  • Volunteers line up stripes that, when hand-stitched together, will be part of a replica of the star-spangled banner.

      Volunteers line up stripes that, when hand-stitched together, will be part of a replica of the star-spangled banner.
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  • A thread and needle rest on a replica of the star-spangled banner.

      A thread and needle rest on a replica of the star-spangled banner.
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By Jessica Gresko
Associated Press

It was 200 years ago this summer that a baltimore flag-maker stitched the flag that inspired america's national anthem. now, hundreds of people are helping to re-create the star-spangled banner. the project began july 4 in baltimore, and it is expected to take volunteers six weeks to hand-sew the estimated 150,000 stitches in the famous flag. when finished, it will be about a quarter of the size of a basketball court.

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