Explore the flag that inspired the National Anthem to discover stories about its creation, history, and preservation. Open the hotspots to learn what makes this flag special to so many Americans and how the National Museum of American history is working to preserve it for future generations.
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Collect Stars To Complete The Flag
What is the red upside-down “v” shape on the flag?
- It stands for “V” for victory in the War of 1812
- It is an “A” sewn onto the flag by Louisa Armistead, widow of the commander of Ft. McHenry
- It is a patch sewn on by conservators to cover a hole in the flag.