The British were preparing to bombard Ft. McHenry which protected the city of Baltimore. The bombardment started on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1814 and continued all day and all night. When confronted concerning Dr. Beanes, the British agreed they would release him but they continued to hold him and the other Americans until after the battle ended. Toward morning of Sept. 14, it became clear the American forces had withstood the 25 hour bombardment. After sunrise, the British did release the three Americans. And after Francis Scott Key was released and he saw our flag flying, he was inspired to write a poem about what he had seen and heard that night concerning the Star Spangled Banner. The poem was set to the melody of an old military march and became popular immediately. But it wasn’t until March 1931 Congress officially approved the song as our national anthem. As we hear and sing it today, it is hard to realize the circumstances of our National Anthem.
As old glory came into being, born amid the strife of battle, it became the standard around which free people struggled to form this great nation. It is good for we Americans who love our nation and The Star Spangled Banner to review the words of Francis Scott Key’s poem which is our National Anthem.
“The National Anthem”
O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ 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 thro’ 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?