This is the current display of the Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. The kids were shocked and appalled, rightfully so, that pieces had been cut from the stripes by souvenir seekers many years ago. Thankfully, it is preserved today.
I'm re-posting Heather's post here hoping that our grands will read it since they just saw Faneuil Hall with the statue of John Adams in front, North Church, and a re-creation of the Tea Party in Boston; the Statue of Liberty in New York; Independence Hall (my one regret was not getting in to see the Liberty Bell) in Philadelphia; the Mount Vernon home of George Washington in Virginia; and in Washington, D.C. the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives and the Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian. I would like to think that this day will always be more meaningful to them having experienced all of this and more of the history of our great country.
Here are 20 interesting things you may or may not already know about the 4th of July.
Lovin' Life ~~ And the United States of America