Star Spangled Banner – National Anthem of United States

Star Spangled Banner National Anthem of United States

The national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 to commemorate the victory of the United States against Great Britain. In 1931, after more than 40 bills, Congress officially declared that The Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem of the United States.

Today, there are four verses to the Anthem, while especially the 1st and 4th verses is sung. On almost every occasion only the first verse is sung.

The song was penned by Washington attorney Francis Scott Key at a dramatic moment during the War of 1812. On September 13, 1814, Key witnessed the attacked by the British navy at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD. Looking at the scene Key was expecting the country to be British control, but was stunned to see a battered but still flying American flag waving in the sunrise. This is what inspired Key that he write the poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Star Spangled Banner - National Anthem of United States

Star Spangled Banner (U.S. National Anthem) Lyrics :

The full lyrics of the United States National Anthem are as follows -

O 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 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 in 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.

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 homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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!

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