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On Flag Day, Illusionist David Copperfield and the Smithsonian Blend Fact and Fiction to “Find” the Star-Spangled Banner’s Missing 15th Star

Naturalization Ceremony To Welcome 15 New Citizens
June 12, 2019
WHAT:        Illusionist David Copperfield will attempt to “find the missing 15th star”
                     during an event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American
                     History. It precedes a naturalization ceremony in partnership with U.S.
                     Citizenship and Immigration Services for 15 candidates for American
                     citizenship.
 
WHEN:       Friday, June 14; 11 a.m.
                     Note: Video of the Star-Spangled Banner Illusion will be available
                     by 1 p.m.
                     There is no recording or photography during the illusion. Video and
                     photography permitted during the naturalization ceremony. 
 
WHERE:     National Museum of American History
                     Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W. 
 
WHO:         David Copperfield, Illusionist 
                    David J. Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
                    Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum
                          of American History
                    Mark Koumans, deputy director, USCIS
 
On Flag Day, June 14, in a one-of-a-kind specially created illusion, David Copperfield will attempt to “find the missing 15th star” during an event centered on the 205-year-old flag located at the heart of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It precedes a ceremony in which 14 candidates for naturalization will take their Oaths of Allegiance and receive their American citizenship. Joining in welcoming the new citizens will be Skorton, Hartig, Koumans and Copperfield.  
 
Following the Naturalization Ceremony, Smithsonian and USCIS leaders and 14 newly naturalized American citizens will join the Cardinal Shehan School Student Choir from Baltimore as they perform the National Anthem in the museum’s Flag Hall for the American public. The National Museum of American History is home to the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag Francis Scott Key saw flying over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry in 1814 when he penned the words that would become the national anthem. 
 
Note: Media must RSVP by emailing Laura Duff at duffl@si.edu.
 
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