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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Stand Up and Respect for its National Anthem Day

 Today is known as National Anthem Day. It is the day where the song of the nation is sung around the world by all those that i.d. with the anthem of America. The Star Spangled Banner has a rich history behind its writing as well. 

Francis Scott Key, an attorney from Maryland was on board the British Sea Vessel that had kidnapped a fellow colonist accused of misleading the British troops. Key was able to get the British troops to release Dr. Beans who had been accused but that would not be the end of the frightful night. Because of the on going battle between the colonist and the British the Brits would not Keys or the prisoner to leave the ship as they feared secrets would escape as well

Francis Scott Key and Mr. Beans had to stay on the ship while an intense battle occurred at Fort McHenry. It was feared that the Americans would loose the battles but as Scott watched he saw the American flag standing flying high. It was the inspiration he felt as he saw the Americans had made it thru the night and the American flag was still flying that he used to write a poem. Thus unknowingly writing the Star Spangled Banner which became the national anthem. 


The song would become very popular with many variations being wrote. It was President Wilson that asked the Bureau of Education to create one version of the national anthem that would be used by all. Thus the group led off hiring musicians including John Phillip Sousa to help standardize the song which would be first performed on December 5, 1917.

After thieds point more individuals and groups started acknowledging the new version as the national anthem. In 1889 the Navy enlisted the use of the natham anthem. In 1918 the national anthem was played during the 7th inning of game during game 1. However it was not until March 3, 1931 that President Herbert Hoover would sign a congressional order into law making the Star Spangled Banner Americas national anthem. .

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