Our National Anthem is The Star Spangled Banner. It was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote the lyrics on September 14, 1914, during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. It was originally called “Defence of Fort McHenry”. There were many patriotic songs, and The Star Spangled Banner became another one of them, one that struck at the heart of Americans, and gained popularity over the years. But, for a long time, America did not have an official national anthem.
INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 13: American Serviceman stand while the National Anthem is played during the Salute to Heroes cermony during the BNP Parisbas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 13, 2015 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
It wasn’t until over 100 years later, that The Star Spangled Banner became our national anthem. On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution officially making “The Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States of America
circa 1930: Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964), thirty-first president of the United States of America. (Photo by Stock Montage/Stock Montage/Getty Images)
On this special day, proudly fly the USA flag at your home and place of business. Take this as an opportunity to sing the National Anthem, or listen to it being sung. And, look for chances to show your patriotism.
I am including a few of my favorite versions of the Star Spangled Banner.
Whitney brought it with this one, even though it was recorded.