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

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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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.

Original content by Nina Hollander


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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James Dray
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Morning Roy.

I follow Nina and read this earlier.  I'll bet 99% of the population has never read the whole poem

Sep 15, 2019 01:54 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Maybe the drinking tune lyrivs were  "Oh say CAN'T you see ?

Sep 15, 2019 03:47 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Roy. I follow Nina too, but missed this one. Terrific re-blog.

Sep 15, 2019 05:13 AM #3
Nina Hollander
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Well what do you know! Thanks so much for this reblog, Roy. It was a great way to start my day to see this.

Sep 15, 2019 05:49 AM #4
Roy Kelley
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Please be sure to leave comments at the original post by Nina Hollander.

Sep 15, 2019 08:31 AM #5
Lauren Williams, CPO
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Roy Kelley 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 03:08 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening Roy Kelley ,

What a great re-blogg of a post from Nina Hollander. I'm off to comment on her post!

Sep 15, 2019 05:47 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Sep 16, 2019 06:58 AM #10
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