Mount Rushmore National Memorial Announces Flag Day Celebration

The United States flag flying in front of Mount Rushmore.

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News Release Date: June 12, 2014

Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115

KEYSTONE, SD: Superintendent Cheryl A. Schreier has announced the celebration of Flag Day for Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

You know the words, have sung them most of your life, but do you know the second verse or the third of the Star-Spangled Banner our National Anthem?

2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of the poem "The Defense of Fort McHenry" this poem written by Francis Scott Key would eventually become our National Anthem. Key gathered inspiration for the poem from the persistence of the American's defending Baltimore Harbor from British capture during the War of 1812 and by the large Flag that flew over Fort McHenry the Flag that would eventually become known as the Star-Spangled Banner This and is preserved in the Smithsonian, National Museum of American History.

The Flag Day Celebration will begin at 1:20 pm on the Grand View Terrace.

1:20 pm Introduction of the Celebration of our Nation's Anthem
1:20 pm Dorothy Helder "This is our National Anthem"
1:30 pm Flag folding demonstration and reading
1:40 pm Folding of the Garrison Flag by the public 
2:00 pm Singing of our "National Anthem"

Please join us at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on the Grand View Terrace for this patriotic celebration.

All dates and times are subject to change. Please check at the Information Center for a daily schedule of interpretive programs and special events. For more information, please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial's official website at or call (605) 574-2523.

Last updated: May 7, 2015

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