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The National Anthem, 200 Years and Counting!

September 12th, 2014 | Posted by Annette in Educational | Music | Perspectives

Just a reminder that today marks the 200th Anniver­sary of The Star Span­gled Banner! On Sep­tem­ber 12, 1814, Fran­cis Scott Key was held pris­oner on a ship. Dur­ing the rainy night, he wit­nessed the bom­bard­ment of Bal­ti­more and observed that the fort’s small “storm flag” con­tin­ued to fly. Once the shell and rocket fire stopped, smoke filled the air mak­ing it impos­si­ble to know how the bat­tle had turned out. In the morn­ing, he could see that the smaller storm flag had been low­ered and a much larger flag had been raised. Although the large flag had been blasted until it was rid­dled with holes, it announced the Amer­i­can vic­tory to the world. Key was so inspired by the sight that he wrote a poem on the back of a let­ter he kept in his pocket. That poem became our National Anthem.

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