205th Anniversary Of Our National Anthem - The Star Spangled Banner

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Happy 205th Anniversary to American's National Anthem... The Star Spangled Banner

 

The Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry during the British bombardment in 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that eventually became the national anthem of the United States. The bombardment began on September 13th in the middle of a thunderstorm and lasted for 25 hours.  Amidst the bombs and canon fire from the British navy, the American troops at Fort McHenry took down their weather-beaten 15-star flag and replaced it with a larger, ceremonial flag as a show of strength against the king's forces.

Today marks the 205th anniversary of the inspiration for the national anthem, when the dawn of morning over Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor revealed that the Stars and Stripes still flew after a British attack. 

 

5 Facts About The Star Spangled Banner

  1. The Star Spangled Banner was not the "official" anthem until Congress passed a resolution in 1931?
  2. The melody is set to an old English drinking tune.
  3. before it became our anthem, it was an American drinking tune, as well.
  4. There is more than one verse... in fact there are four of them.
  5. March 3rd is National Anthem Day, commemorating the The Star Spangled Banner was officially adopted as our national anthem.

 

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, 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 rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 
Lyrics‎: ‎Francis Scott Key‎, 1814
Adopted‎: ‎March 3, 1931
Music‎: ‎John Stafford Smith‎, c. 1773
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rainmaker
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Morning Nina.

If I'm at home, in a restaurant or anywhere else, when that tune is played I stand and give it the respect it deserves.  Don't get me started on, those who take a knee.

Sep 15, 2019 12:51 AM #15
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Maybe the drinking tune lyrivs were  "Oh say CAN'T you see ?

Sep 15, 2019 03:48 AM #16
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James Dray hi James... you don't need to get me started on that kneeling issue either. Simply infuriates me.

Sep 15, 2019 04:39 AM #17
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson good morning Sally and David... very funny! Actually while I knew why Francis Scott Key penned that poem I had no idea about the fact that the origins of the tune were from an old drinking song.

Sep 15, 2019 04:40 AM #18
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Good morning again Nina. I learned quite a bit here. Thanks for the lesson.

Sep 15, 2019 05:15 AM #19
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Sheila Anderson hi Sheila... when I heard about this anniversary, I learned a few new things myself in the process of doing research for this post. We have so much history that we've only partially learned.

Sep 15, 2019 05:56 AM #20
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Nina Hollander  Thank you for giving me easy access to this: I can't remember if I've ever read the entire poem, it is exquisitively evocative.

Sep 15, 2019 03:10 PM #21
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Lauren Williams, CPO hi Lauren... we all learn the first verse, but I can't remember the last time I'd looked at the others until yesterday.

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Nina I did not know any of those five points about the National Anthem

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 Good evening Nina Hollander ,

I just caught Roy Kelley 's re-bogg of your post. I learned something..I didn't realize that it is the anniversary of our national anthem!

Sep 15, 2019 05:50 PM #24
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George Souto hi George... I'm delighted that you learned some new things about our national anthem and history because of my post.

Sep 16, 2019 04:12 AM #25
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR good morning, Dorie... I suspect that 90+% of Americans had no idea about the origins of our national anthem.

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Nina Hollander 
Love learning all the facts.
Hope you are well. Lynn

Sep 16, 2019 04:45 PM #27
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Lynn B. Friedman hi Lynn... thanks for stopping by. I'm surviving day by day... spend almost three months this summer nursing my husband after major spine surgery on top of a more minor surgery last October. So while I keep hoping to get to Atlanta to visit friends, somehow can't seem to carve out the time.

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Nina Hollander -Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

I really like this post. Thank you, for writing it!

Sep 17, 2019 06:52 AM #29
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP hi Patricia... thank you! thank you! thank you! I'm so glad you liked my post. Thank you for reading it! 

Sep 17, 2019 10:13 AM #30
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Nina Hollander - We should never abandon our history. Good for you for keeping it alive.

Sep 17, 2019 10:34 AM #31
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP not knowing one's history leads to a repetition of mistakes. What worries me, Patricia, is that schools no longer teach history in the truest sense of the word.

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Nina Hollander - Your worries about schools is valid. I have had many conversations with Sharon Parisi who taught history in school. I do believe that when you read, study, and know history, you begin to think like an historian. 

Sep 17, 2019 11:22 AM #33
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP hi Patricia, although three of our four grands have now graduated from college and one will graduate in a couple of years, we know what doesn't go on in high schools from their days in high school. Our older daughter is a history professor at a Missouri college... she's appalled by the lack of knowledge by students when they enter her courses.

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