National Anthem Day - March 3
Celebrating National Anthem Day
Standing and singing our National Anthem, with our hand on our heart, whether we're at a ballgame or a school program, we are almost always moved in one way or another.
Sometimes we're moved to tears because we have loved ones who lost their lives to protect our freedom, and sometimes it's because the singers are pretty bad, or worse, forget the words!
But as the words in the song, our flag still stands, no matter the missed notes or forgotten words; and the National Anthem connects us all.
All photos by Bev Lemley (me) ~ all rights reserved.
A Wonderful Rendition of our National Anthem by... - ...The Cactus Cuties
This will truly move you and you will be proud of our young Americans, down to the last high, middle, low, and floating note! And at their young age, no words forgotten!
History in the Making - Francis Scott Key...
...was a 35-year-old lawyer sent to try to convince an exchange of prisoners with the British near Ft. McHenry. They were lucky they didn't get killed! They probably would have, except they produced a note from the prisoners held captive by the Americans, that said they had been very well taken care of. This convinced the British to focus more on the battle at hand and less on who had boarded the ship. Francis Scott Key watched the rockets over Ft. McHenry thoughout the night. Upon seeing the flag at daybreak, he was inspired to write the poem that he scribbled down on the back of a letter. He finished it later, back at his hotel. He was lucky, indeed!
THE "STAR SPANGLE BANNER," AS WE KNOW IT, WAS WRITTEN IN 1814.
IT BEGAN ITS LIFE AS A POEM, "THE DEFENCE OF FORT MCHENRY"
WRITTEN BY...FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
(An irony that starting in the right "key" would be the hardest part of the National Anthem ~ next to remembering the words!)
The British bombarded Ft. McHenry in 1814, one of the last battles of the War of 1812 ~
The poem "The Defence of Ft. McHenry" renamed "The Star Spangled Banner" was set to a tune that was written for a men's social club in London.
So I guess every time we sing the Star Spangled Banner, we are inadvertently paying tribute to the Men of London!
Our Flag - That Always Gets Our Attention
It's natural to want to sing the National Anthem when you see the American Flag. The flag still stands for freedom and we honor those who have defended our freedom and those who continue to defend those rights today. God Bless our veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make. We salute you.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand as we sing the National Anthem:
O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
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 rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
There will be a test to see if you can remember the words in a bit!
The Star Spangled Banner didn't officially become our National Anthem until 1931, 117 years later!
The Star Spangled Banner... - ...our National Anthem
Enjoy a more recent rendition of the Cactus Cuties and other moving renditions, including soldiers and veterans, reminding us of our blessings in the U.S.
Some say the Star Spangled Banner ... - ...doesn't quite fit us now as our National Anthem
Would you rather have another song be our National Anthem?
What song would you like to be our National Anthem?
What is proper protocol when you hear our National Anthem? - Depends if you are military or not...
and if you are miltary in uniform or not, or even if you are a veteran.
Everyone should stand at attention and face the flag ~ if no flag is present, turn to the source of the music. Civilians should place their hand over their heart.
Individuals in uniform, including fire and law enforcement, service personnel, should give a miltary salute at the first note, holding that position until the last note.
Members of the Armed Forces and veterans not in uniform may render the military salute.
Men not in uniform should remove their headdress, holding it at their left shoulder with their right hand, their hand being over their heart.
Military law dictates that installations stop where they are when the song is played, even if outside, and all individuals must stand at attention, face the source of the music, and military salute if in uniform or place their hand over their heart if they are out of uniform. Recently enacted law in 2008 allows military veterans to salute out of uniform, as well.
Source of Information:
...or did someone serve in your family in a war, even as far back as 1812? We salute you and your family for the many sacrifices that are made to serve our country, and to those that serve in any part of our defense.
How do you feel when you hear our National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner"?
I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you for visiting!