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Shiloh Hills "Living Flag" Mini-Documentary 2014

The original Great Garrison Flag had 15 stripes, 15 stars and measured 30 feet by 42 feet. As part of their preparation for Veteran's Day, students learned that when Mr. Key saw the flag still waving, after an intense 25-hour battle, he knew the Americans had not surrendered to the British. This inspired his famous words, which became our national anthem in 1931.

Shiloh Hills music teacher Brian Maney came up with the idea and procured a $400 donation from American Tradition Homes for ponchos. 6th grade students, using their math skills, calculated the "Living Flag" dimensions.

To document the event Mr. Maney contacted Mead High School Video Production teacher Brandon Butler, who enlisted students Chase Jamison and Derien Kraus, to produce a "Living Flag" mini-documentary. To provide aerial images for the documentary - posted below - Chase and Derien mounted a video camera on a drone that flew overhead during the 45 minutes it took to get all 540 students in place.

"You are the Great Garrison Flag that flew over Fort McHenry," Maney told students before asking them to remove their hoods, place their hands over their hearts and sing The Star-Spangled Banner.

Shiloh Hills "Living Flag" Mini-Documentary