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Project begins to reproduce Star-Spangled Banner

Thursday - 7/4/2013, 9:20pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Maryland Historical Society is embarking on a special Independence Day project this year.

The society on Thursday began recreating the original Star-Spangled Banner Flag, which flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812 and inspired the writing of the national anthem.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sewed the first stitch at a July 4 ceremony kicking off the project.

The historical society says it expects its authentic reproduction to take six weeks to complete and will involve more than 100 volunteers to help stitch.

It is scheduled to be flown for the first time on September 12, Defenders Day. It will be reunited with the original, on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, next year.

The original Star-Spangled Banner flag measures 30-by-42 feet.

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