The Star-Spangled Banner
On September 13, 1814, the lyrics to our national anthem were penned by Francis Scott Key. An American lawyer, author, and amateur poet from Georgetown and Washington, D.C., he was inspired by witnessing the sight of our flag, still waving at dawn, in the aftermath of British bombardment on Ft. McHenry.
Quickly published on September 21 1814, the lyrics were adapted to music and became known as the “The Star Spangled Banner.” More than a century later, the song was adopted as the American national anthem, first by Executive Order from President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and later by Congressional resolution in 1931, to be signed by President Herbert Hoover.
Since its inception, there have been many poignant and patriotic renditions performed…
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