This day in history - Sept. 13, 1814 - Francis Scott Key pens the poem originally titled "The Defense of Fort McHenry," which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The poem was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. #thisdayinhistory #starspangledbanner (Whitney Houston singing Star Spangled Banner)
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#17 (Required) -- Read through the words of the National Anthem. Explain what Francis Scott Key was actually telling us about his view of the flag that night and the next morning. When did it become the National Anthem? With other members of your Unit, share the story of that night by depicting that scene through a skit, a narrative, or other creative way (include the date, the conflict, the flag's design at the time, its condition, and the situation that prompted Key's poem).
The original War of 1812 Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington