“THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER”

Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779 in Carroll County, Maryland. During his life, he was a lawyer, author and amateur poet.  He died January 11, 1843 at the age of 63 in Baltimore, Maryland.
His most notable accomplishment and what he is most remembered for, is penning the United States of America’s National Anthem called “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  The song lyrics originated from Francis Scott Key’s roll during the War of 1812.  Key was trying to facilitate an American prisoner exchange with the British while on board the British ship HMS Tonnant.  Key was unable to do anything while the entire British navy bombarded the American forces at Fort McHenry on the night of September 13 and 14, 1914.
When the smoke cleared, he was able to see that the American flag at Fort McHenry  was still waving and reported this fact to the prisoners below deck whom he was negotiating for their freedom.
Key was so inspired by his experience he published the poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry,” which was published in the Patriot Publication on September 20, 1814.  It was latter to become known as “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, thru 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?

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 on the stream: tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Flag draped from the roof of the Pentagon.

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.

O, 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.”

  It is up to us to keep our flag waving over this land of the free and home of the brave.       God will bless America, as we honor and serve Him. 

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