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June 13, 2013

‘Star-Spangled Banner’ manuscript visits Frederick

FREDERICK (AP) — Dawn’s early light and rockets’ red glare seared a song into a man’s heart in 1814 and moved his pen to create what became “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Not since the bombs fell at Fort McHenry has so much excitement surrounded the national anthem, whose original manuscript is making a historic fanfare-filled visit to Frederick. Frederick County native Francis Scott Key’s handwritten draft is to arrive today — Flag Day — to spend two days on public display.

U.S. Army musicians, mounted police and a World War II veteran are lined up to celebrate when the document makes the unprecedented visit to its author’s final resting place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, said John Fieseler, director of the Tourism Council of Frederick County.

Carrying out the two-day event, called “Anthem and Author Reunited,” has never been possible to arrange before, Fieseler said.

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