Thursday, October 02, 2014

200th Anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner

 Photo: 6, 600 Maryland students made a living flag at Fort McHenry National Monument

--I'm sure I have heard The Star Spangled Banner played hundreds, if not thousands of times, yet, I still tear up everytime I hear it.  It signifies everything that is good about our country.

Fast Facts:
--It was written as a poem by Francis Scott Key entitled, "Defence of Fort M'Henry".
--He wrote it on September 14, 1814 while watching the British bomb Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  It was published on September 20th.
--2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the song/poem
--Key wrote the poem to go with the beat and melody of a song called, "To Anacreon in Heaven".
--It was made the national anthem in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover.
Previous posts on The Star Spangled Banner:
-The History of The Star Spangled Banner
-Happy Independence Day

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