God bless America!
by Francis Scott Key. Released in 1814
♫ 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 rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, ♫
♫ Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. ♪
♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave! ♫
Happy National Anthem Day ! ! !
Wishing every American a great and respectful day, respecting that good old American flag and the music designed to suit it. And the legacy lives on and on. . .
A Brief History:
Origination: Written by Francis Scott Key on Sept. 14, 1814.
Evolution: Nowadays, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is the National Anthem.”To the Colors” is considered a second anthem. Before 1931, other songs had served as the hymns of U.S.: “Hail, Columbia” served as the National Anthems of official functions for the majority of the 19th century. “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” also served partially as a second hymn.
Traditions: Indoors: When the “Star-Spangled Banner” or “To the Colors” is played, face the flag (if present) and assume a position of attention. If there is no flag is present, assume a position of attention facing the music. Do not salute unless under arms. Always take any hat off. Outdoors: At a ceremony where the U.S. flag is present, assume a position of attention, facing the flag at the ceremony, and salute. At a sporting event, if the flag is visible, face the flag and salute. If the flag is not visible, face the band, and salute in its direction. If the music is recorded, face the front of the event and salute.
Other Trivia: The flag, the National Anthem and every key element of our freedom are always worth a celebration–Our freedoms never come free, but always worth the labor it takes to retain our freedom–and well worth the price our forefathers paid!
A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .
- The “Star-Spangled Banner” lyrics come from a poem.
- The original sheet music contained an infamous spelling mistake.
- The melody is set to an old fashioned English drinking tune.
- There is a long version with more than one verse!
- More. . .
Have you sung the National Anthem, The “Star-Spangled Banner” lately?
We will NEVER, ever forget the name of the freedom for which the flag and the Statue of Liberty stands for!
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