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WORK TO BEGIN ON NATIONAL PARK HONORING 'STAR SPANGLED BANNER' AUTHOR FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

 WORK TO BEGIN ON NATIONAL PARK HONORING
 'STAR SPANGLED BANNER' AUTHOR FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
 ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Francis Scott Key, who penned the words of the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner," will be honored with a national park soon to be built in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. by the Francis Scott Key Park Foundation, Inc.
 The Arlington Office of Morse Diesel International, one of the nation's leading construction management firms, has been selected to manage the construction to begin this month with completion slated for June 1993.
 The park-like memorial will be constructed at 34th and M Streets near the site of the home of Francis Scott Key.
 "Although this is a relatively small project, it involves a number of challenges," said Stephen Dalton, Morse Diesel's Arlington territorial manager with a background in historic preservation including the renovation of the main building at Ellis Island. "For example, pedestrian and vehicular traffic are extremely heavy in the area, which must be factored into the logistics and safety plan formulation. The work will be completed in phases to carefully sequence the routing of people through the park to handle various aspects of the refurbishment, like removal and replacement of parameter sidewalks," concluded Dalton.
 The Francis Scott Key Park Foundation, a non-profit organization, has already raised more than $1 million from individual contributions and corporate donors, such as Coca-Cola, USA; Kmart Corporation; and The Thomas J. Lipton Company, to cover the cost of the project.
 The new park, owned by the District of Columbia, will be managed and maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. The plan includes the installation of brick and stone pavers, benches, lighting, and an illuminated flagpole. The centerpiece for the park will be a plaza and a handsome pergola -- a round arbor with beautiful plantings, an ornate trellis and graceful limestone columns. A two-foot high bust of Francis Scott Key mounted on a limestone base will be the focal point. Interpretive plaques will include detailed information about the patriot's life, the story of "The Star Spangled Banner," and information about the Nation's Capital during the "Second War of Independence" -- the war of 1812.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Steve Dalton, who will be managing the construction of the park, is available for interview at 703-247-2700./
 /CONTACT: Cathy Calligari for Morse Diesel International, 914-723- 8633/ CO: Morse Diesel International; Francis Scott Key Park Foundation, Inc. ST: Virginia IN: SU:


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