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For its 50 th birthday, the National Flag Foundation was thrown a party – one with about 60,000 guests.

Minutes prior to kickoff of the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh-based foundation was celebrated on the Heinz Field playing surface both for its 50 years in town and its new headquarters in the 34-story Koppers Tower downtown.

As part of the presentation, several flags including the American flag and the Pennsylvania flag were transported onto the field. Six flags honoring the military – the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Prisoners of War – were carried by service members onto the field for presentation while the Steelers’ starting lineups were being announced.

Also part of on-field pregame festivities were the United States Military Joint Services Color Guard, a jump onto the field by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team and a rendition of “Homesick” by Kane Brown as a tribute to military members and their families.

The “Star Spangled Banner” was performed by Air Force Staff Sergeant and Afghanistan War Veteran Mark J. Lindquist.

The National Flag Foundation’s mission is promoting the American flag and educating people about its history and traditions.

Thursday night was the debut of a new red-white-and-blue illumination for the top of the Koppers Tower , a gesture that will extend through this Veterans Day weekend and re-emerge for other days of national significance such as the Fourth of July and Sept. 11.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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