The great city of Baltimore is surrounded with history and landmarks that hold much importance to the development of our nation. Just down the street from Applied Development’s office stands one of these landmarks. We decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by going to visit the house that helped inspire our National Anthem and that is home to the most important flag in American history.
“Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was the home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the flag that Francis Scott Key saw waving in the sky at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, and inspired him to write the poem that is now our National Anthem. Mary, along with her mother and daughter, started a flag-making business in 1806 and worked tirelessly from this house to create a flag that would withstand gunfire, rockets, and mass destruction to give hope to those who were fighting for our country. The Star-Spangled Banner is not only a symbol of our freedom and dedication to our country, but it stands as a testament to women’s roles in American history.
Amanda Davis, Executive Director at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, spoke about Mary Pickersgill’s story. “Mary’s story is interesting not only because she made this giant star-spangled banner flag that inspired the National Anthem, but because at a time where businesses run by women or women property owners were so uncommon, she was an outlier.” Women have continued to work hard and make great strides for this country. Applied Development is a Woman-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, and we feel deeply connected to this story’s idea of women making a difference. Our CEO, Kimberly Citizen, is an Army veteran and continues to serve our country by leading a firm focused on providing the federal government with a dependable, agile workforce designed to meet the needs of our customers. Applied Development is proud to work with many government agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), on projects that can make an impact on this country.
While enjoying the holiday with friends and family, remember the true meaning of Independence Day and those who sacrifice everything to make sure we keep our freedom. Applied Development thanks all veterans and active duty military personnel for their service. Happy Fourth of July!
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is located at 844 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202