Star Spangled Banner unveiled
By Brian Goff – Belleair Bee
The Town Commission held a ceremony for the unveiling of the replica of the American flag – the Star Spangled Banner – that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.
In 1975 Mr. and Mrs. George Metee donated the flag to the town. From July 1975 through July 1976, the flag was flown outside of Town Hall in honor of the nation’s bicentennial year.
After being flown in Belleair, the 15-star flag was framed and hung inside of Town Hall on display. However, the frame that housed the flag did not protect it properly, as it deteriorated over the years, a town memo said.
After seeing its condition earlier this year, the Belleair Community Foundation offered to pay to restore and reframe the flag for the town, in order to honor its history within the nation and within the town of Belleair. The flag’s restoration was completed in May, and it was hung in Town Hall in June.
Town Manager J.P. Murphy said the town didn’t have the budget to restore the flag and frame, which had deteriorated.
“I personally took umbrage to it and I wanted to see it repaired,” Murphy said. “We didn’t have the budget for it.”
Cost of the work was $1,700. He reached out to the BCF, and they agreed to pay for the work, he said.
“They take such a great stand for veterans,” he said.