New Benson flag is half mast in commemmoration of 911

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As communities and cities around the US commemmorate the tragedy of 911, the city of Benson is flying a flag that was originally made to be seen - and in a big way.

The original 30' x 42' "Garrison" flag was the one that Francis Scott Key saw on the morning of September 14, 1814. It inspired him to write the words to "The Star Spangled Banner."

Today the original of this flag is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

The flag was especially made for the garrison in Baltimore, MD in 1812.  It was made by Mary Pickersgill, a well-known flagmaker in Baltimore. She worked relentlessly on heavy, woolen flags, one of which was to be the largest garrison flag ever flown.

Today's tribute in Benson is being flown from the newly installed flag pole. 

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