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BALTIMORE (AP) — Sewers in Maryland are set to begin recreating the flag that inspired the national anthem.

The Star Spangled Banner Project will officially begin July 4 and is being spearheaded by the Maryland Historical Society.

The project is expected to take more than 100 volunteers six weeks to complete.

Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will make the first stitch on the flag during a ceremony at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine.

The finished flag will be flown for the first time on Sept. 12.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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