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Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission | 401 E. Pratt Street, 14th
Floor | Baltimore, MD 21202


Contact: Jill Feinberg | 410-767-6267 | 443-253-2533 c |


War of 1812-era flags herald upcoming bicentennial


Three nonprofits to get proceeds

BALTIMORE (Sept. 10) - Marylanders can now purchase a commemorative 15-star, 15-stripe American flags - replicas of the Star-Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem following the all-night British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.


The U.S.A. made flags - featuring the official Star-Spangled 200 bicentennial logo - are available through Maryland small business F. W. Haxel in two versions: a printed nylon flag ($20); and a limited-edition, sewn nylon flag with appliqued starts ($73.50). Proceeds benefit three nonprofit (501c3) organizations: The American Flag Foundation, Friends of Fort McHenry and The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.


"Marylanders are likely to become more aware of the upcoming War of 1812 bicentennial as these flags enter the marketplace," said Bill Pencek, executive director of the Maryland War of 1812 Commission. "And, three institutions dedicated to preserving the legacy of the iconic Star-Spangled Banner - one of Maryland's greatest contributions to the nation's heritage - will receive assistance in advancing their missions."


To purchase flags, visit F.W. Haxel's web site:




About The American Flag Foundation

Formerly known as the National Flag Day Foundation, this nonprofit develops educational materials and arranges events in communities across the nation to encourage patriotism and appreciation for the American flag. One of its events is the annual "National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance" on Flag Day and the Traveling Living American Flag program. The foundation was chartered in 1982. For more information, visit:


About the Friends of Fort McHenry

Founded in 1984, Friends of Fort McHenry - in partnership with the National Park Service - supports educational programming, living-history activities and interpretive exhibits that promote an understanding and appreciation of Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the National Anthem. For more information, visit:


About The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Built in 1793, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was the home and place of business of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British attack in 1814. Today, it is a living-history museum that offers a view of American life during the early 19th century. For more information, visit:


About F.W. Haxel

The Haxel family has owned and operated this Maryland business since 1935. As one of the largest companies of its kind on the East Coast, F.W. Haxel designs, manufactures, and installs custom-made banners, flags and signs. For more information, visit:


About Star-Spangled 200, Inc.

Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is the not-for-profit 501(c)3 entity that supports the fundraising goals of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Established in September 2010, Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is charged with educating the public through celebration and commemoration of the historical events of the War of 1812 by supporting the charitable and educational activities of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. For more, visit


About the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Established by Governor Martin O'Malley, the commission is staffed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism Film and the Arts. The bicentennial period runs from June 2012 through February 2015. It commemorates Maryland's unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the pivotal battle that led to an American victory and the birth of "The Star-Spangled Banner." For more information: visit





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