The flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that eventually became the United States national anthem is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

In honor of that anniversary, here's a look at historical photos celebrating the Star-Spangled Banner itself, as well as the American flag through the ages.

Related: National Museum of American History to celebrate Star-Spangled Banner in song


This photo provided by Christie's Images Ltd. shows an 1814 first edition copy of the lyrics and music of the "Star Spangled Banner," by Francis Scott Key.


This the first known photograph of the Star-Spangled Banner, taken at the Boston Navy Yard on June 21, 1873, presumably by Commodore George Preble, a naval historian and author of the first history of the American flag, published in 1872. The family of Maj. George Armistead gave the original Star-Spangled Flag to the Smithsonian in 1912. The flag is part of the permanent colection at the National Museum of American History, and several of the fragments will go on display June 14, 2001.

Francis Scott Key's The Star-Spangled Banner is this undated photo, is part of one of the new exhibits at the rebuilt Maryland Historical Society Museum, in Baltimore.

In 1775 the new American fleet first flew the Grand Union Flag, which consisted of 15 stars and stripes. Until then, the British flag was used most in the English colonies until the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775.

This undated handout file photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows the Star-Spangled Banner conservation lab, part of the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington.

Fort McHenry, set to guard Baltimore's harbor, is being converted into a museum of the War of 1812. The once grim ramparts are shown in Baltimore in and undated photo. It was while watching the bombardment of the fort that Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md., where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," and shot off the cannon which defended the city against the British in an undated photo.


The American, Polish and German flags are raised during the medal ceremony after the women's 100-meter sprint event at the XI Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 10, 1936. Helen Stepbons of Fulton, Mo., U.S.A., won the gold medal. Stanislawa Walasiewicz, aka Stella Walsh, of Poland won silver, and Kaethe Krauss of Germany won the bronze.


The Statue of Liberty is seen decked out with American flags at its 50th anniversary celebration, Oct. 28, 1936.


This is a copy of the first published version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," one of two known to exist, acquired by the Library of Congress after it was found in an old scrapbook in the attic by Jesse Cassard of Baltimore, Md., shown on Oct. 17, 1940. The song was written by American lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key in 1814 and adopted by Congress as the national anthem in 1931.


An exact duplicate of the huge, original “Star Spangled Banner” made by Mary Pickersgill and flown over Ft. McHenry, September 13 and 14, 1814 was presented to the City of Baltimore by the Master Brewers Association of America. The flag was placed in the memorial. this photo shows the flag being carried across to the War Memorial Plaza and its repository in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 8, 1941.


In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, while buildings (background) burn after being struck by Japanese bombs, the American flag, though torn, still flew above Hickam Field, during the height of the sneak attack, Dec. 7, 1941.


The American flag waves above a shell-pocked fort, Nov. 21, 1942 captured from French by U.S. troops in North Africa invasion. Soldiers in foreground patrol fort’s battered gate.


Headed by "Old Glory" these American troops set off for Maison Blanche Aerodrome, in Algeria, November 28, 1942, which was soon in their possession.


This oil stained, battle torn American flag was flying proudly from a Captain's gig in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese struck on December 7. Battle missiles tore it from its staff and tossed into the bay from where it was by Lt. Comdr. Fred Welden, who sent it back to the U.S. It is being held by L. E. White, left, and Clyde E. Wilson, yeomen in the naval recruiting office at Kansas City on April 23, 1942.


More than 200 aliens in the American Army raise their right hands as they take the oath of allegiance to the United State of America at a reception center somewhere in Great Britain May 25, 1943. The ceremony was held during an inspection by Lt. Gen. Jacob Devers, commander of the U.S. Forces in the European theater.


Minutes after U.S. Marines and U.S. Army assault troops landed on the Central Pacific island of Guam, two officers set up the first American flag on a boat hook mast, on July 20, 1944.


French civilians with their hastily made American and French flags sing the "Star Spangled Banner" as they greet U.S. and Free French troops entering Paris, France, Aug. 25, 1944, after Allied liberation of the French capital from Nazi occupation in World War II.


U.S. troops establish their beachhead with the American flag at Morotai Island, in the Halmahera Group, after storming the Japanese stronghold as they begin their invasion of Japanese-occupied Philippines in Sept. 1944 during World War II. U.S. landing crafts ride at anchor in the background.


Two Americans raise the Stars and Stripes over the small island of Cezembre, off St. Malo, France on Feb. 9, 1944, replacing the white flag of surrender which the Nazi defenders raised after a terrific bombardment. Americans were an amphibious assault when the surrendered. From left to right are: Pfc. David Snyder, Wilkes Barre, Pa., and Pfc. Richard T. Franz, Oswego, N.Y.


As old glory is held in final salute a memorial service to the men who fell in the allied invasion of France is held at the first American cemetery to be laid out in Normandy on June 15, 1944


A group of American soldiers raise the American flag over the ruins of a German strong point in St. Malo, France on August 26, 1944, following the capitulation of the German garrison which bitterly defended the town. The Germans held out for eleven days under the leadership of Col. Andreas von Aulock, nicknamed the “Mad Colonel of St. Malo.”


Soldiers of the 77th U.S. Division raise the Star-Spangled Banner at Geruma Shima, Keramas island, in the Ryukyu group, on April 7, 1945.


U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan


The American flag, first to fly over Tokyo since the Japanese surrender, is raised over the Nippon News building in downtown Tokyo on Sept. 5, 1945 by Lt. Bud Stapleton of Syracuse, N.Y. Photo radioed from Manila.


The upper flag, according to Mrs. William H. Jenkins who recreated them, is the original "Old Glory," as shown in Chicago on June 10, 1948. It has 24 stars and 13 stripes and an anchor insignia of Capt. William Driver of the U.S. Navy. It was designed to comply with congressional action setting the number of stripes at 13 for the original colonies and that one new star be added each time a new state joined the Union. The lower flag is a replica of the Star-Spangled Banner of fifteen stripes and fifteen stars flown at Fort Mc Henry in the War of 1812. It inspired our national anthem


Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower waves to confetti-tossing crowds lining the parade route to Detroit's City Hall, June 14, 1952, where he made a non-political Flag Day address. A mammoth flag, said to be the largest American flag in the world, covers the front of a large department store in the background.


Four refugees from Hungary read of unrest in their homeland as they arrive in New York aboard the military transport Gen.Henry Taylor on October 24, 1956. From left are: Imre Donsec, Istvan Doncsecy, Laszlo Meszaros and Otto Bogyo.


This photo, dated 1959, of the United States flag has 49-stars.


The new 50-star American flag, which will be raised officially for the first time at Fort McHenry on the Fourth of July, is shown on July 2, 1960.


Civil rights marchers carry flags and play the flute as they approach their goal of Montgomery, Alabama's state Capitol, on March 24, 1965. This is their fourth day in the voter registration protest march. From left to right are, Dick Jackman, New York; Len Chandler, New York, playing the flute; Jim Letherer, Saginaw, Michigan, on crutches; and Louis Marshall, Selma, Alabama.


Andrew Neatrour stands in front of an American flag he bought at an auction in London, Nov. 5, 1965.


A U.S. Marine carries an American flag on his rifle during a recovery operation six miles (10 km) south of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, June 17, 1968. The marines were recovering 18 of their comrades who had died nine days earlier in a fierce battle near a new road used by North Vietnamese troops to penetrate South Vietnam from Laos. The flag was found on the body of one of the Marines.


In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Astronauts Neil Armstrong, left, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., place an American flag on the surface of the moon, near the lunar lander that brought them to the lunar surface.


The American flag, attached to a 36-foot-long, four-ton steel column, is hoisted to the top of the north tower building of the World Trade Center in New York City, Dec. 23, 1970. The traditional ceremony, know as topping out, marks the completion of the 1,350-foot structure.


Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot James B. Irwin salutes while standing beside the fourth American flag planted on the surface of the moon, July 30, 1971. The lunar module that took them to the moon's surface is seen at right. Hadley Delta is in the background.


Sailors struggle to control the giant flag used for opening ceremonies at the 55th All-Star game played in Candlestick Park, Tuesday, July 11, 1984, San Francisco, Calif. The flag was unfurled at centerfield to accompany the Star Spangled Banner.


A humvee flying the American flag leads a convoy of vehicles with the first armored division down a road leading to the pontoon bridge which crosses the Sava River into Bosnia from Zupanja, Croatia Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996. A steady flow of vehicles carrying troops and supplies continues to cross the bridge daily into Bosnia.


An American Flag waves from the stern of a US Coast Guard patrol boat as the tall ship Europa, from the Netherlands, right, sails into Boston's inner harbor during the tall ship parade in Boston, Tuesday July 11, 2000.


Fireworks explode behind an American flag at Gas Works park during the display at an Independence Day celebration in Seattle on Friday, July 4, 2003.


An Iraqi man, bottom right, looks at Cpl. Edward Chin, of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment, cover the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein with an American flag before toppling the statue in downtown in Bagdhad Wednesday, April 9, 2003. Moments later the American flag was removed.


A tattered American flag hangs over the World Trade Center site Thursday, April 27, 2006 in New York.


A Living Flag made up of 2,500 school children, was created on the grounds of Montpelier,the home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, as part of the Restoration Celebration which unveiled the $24 million, five-year restoration of the building. While the children held colored placards, Eric Greene of the Virginia Opera Company sang "The Star Spangled Banner." The event took place on Constitution Day Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008.


In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, people look at the original Star Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem, inside a protective chamber at the National Museum of American History in Washington.


In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, people look at the original Star Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem, inside a protective chamber at the National Museum of American History in Washington.


In this Sunday, April 12, 2009 photo, the American flag waves in Rockville, Md.


In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, an American flag made by survivors of the Bataan death march and imprisonment is displayed at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. The stars on the flag came from the U.S. flag lowered on Bataan at the time of the surrender and were kept by prisoners. The stripes in the flag's reconstruction were cut from parachutes from dropped supplies to the then-liberated prisoners.


In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment pose with an American flag for a photograph after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The soldiers from 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.


A flag is placed at the 9/11 Memorial near the World Trade Center which opened to the public Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York.


An American flag is placed in the sand of Omaha Beach, western France, Friday, June 6, 2014. Veterans and Normandy residents are paying tribute to the thousands who gave their lives in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France 70 years ago. World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.