Happy National Anthem Day!

On this date in 1931, the Star Spangled Banner officially became the National Anthem of the United States of America!  Here are a couple of fun facts regarding this anthem . . .

  • written by Francis Scott Key
  • written on September 14, 1814 (yes, during the War of 1812, NOT during the Revolutionary War).
  • it was originally written as a poem called “Defense of Fort M’Henry”
  • all verses end with “the land of the free and the home of the brave”
  • motto referenced in the song: “In God Is Our Trust”
  • Key’s song was sung publicly for the first time on October 19, 1814.

Here’s a one-man a capella version  . . .  enjoy!

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