TO AMERICA, WITH LOVE:”The Star-Spangled Banner”

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America is the greatest country to live in, because it is so very full of the many freedoms that we enjoy, and we can be so very grateful as well as blessed that we have these freedoms; Of course, America just isn’t America without its very own national anthem, and there is no kind of anthem that’s as ever-so-patriotic as The Star-Spangled Banner… 

Our country’s national anthem of the United States of America was written by a man by the name of Francis Scott Key on September 14th, 1814; The lyrics for this anthem had come from a poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, set to the tune of a popular British song that had been written for the Anachrontic Society, a men’s social club in London, by a man by the name of John Stafford Smith. 

While Key was witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the Royal Navy’s British ships in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, he was also inspired by a large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner(hence the song), which was still flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory; That would prompt Key to write this most famous anthem of all, in which performed by so many people to this very day.

In 1889, the United States Navy recognized The Star-Spangled Banner for its official use, and in 1916, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson also recognized the song; And on March 3rd, 1931, The Star-Spangled Banner was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution(46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. 301), in which President Herbert Hoover signed.

The Star-Spangled Banner has since gained popularity while it has been performed by many during public events and many a Memorial Day and Independence Day celebration. To everyone who has known the lyrics to this time-honored anthem that would go on in all of our hearts for many years to come, it goes a little something like this:

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? 

And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; 

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave…O’er the land of the free…and the home of the brave. 

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