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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Penning ths song

September 13, 1814 was the date that Francis Scott Key would pen a piece of music. This piece of music was not just any but one that become very important to the United States. The song was set to music in 1931 and became America's national anthem. The title of this song " The Star Spangled Banner." It was written at a time that Key was witnessing the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the war of 1812. As he was in the midst of battle he witnessed the American Flag that was flying over the fort that day. Fort McHenrey was being blasted with bombs and yet the flag continued to fly inspired the song that Franis Scott Key was to write. The rockets red glare, th bombs bursing in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there......

Key was born on August 1, 1779 at his families estate in Carroll county Maryland. He was successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington D.C On June 18 1812 Key would find himself in the midst of war when America declared war on Great Britian after a series of trade disagreements. As the British troops invaded Washington D.C. they burned the White House Capitol building and Library of ongress and headed to Baltimore.

Francis Scott Key had a friend Dr. William Beanes was taken prisoner by the British. Key traveled to Baltimore to the ship and negotiated his release. The men were not allowed to leave until after the bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key was on the ship 8 miles away from the fort as he observed the ongoings. The fort was not destroyed and the British gave up.

The words that Key wrote traveled through a winding route before it became the National Anthem. First it put in print in the newspapers. The post was then set to music of an English drinking tune by composer John Stafford Smith. It was the people who started calling the song "The Star Spangled Banner" President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 announced that it should be played at all offiial events. March 3, 1931 the song became the National Anthem.

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