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Flag Day and The Star Spangled Banner

Updated on January 11, 2018
Display the Stars and Stripes on Flag Day!
Display the Stars and Stripes on Flag Day! | Source

Observing Flag Day

The well-known story of how Francis Scott Key crafted a poem that eventually became our national anthem titled “The Star Spangled Banner” deserves to be revisited by Americans on this Flag Day.

As well, we who believe God, as did Francis Scott Key and those who preserved the flag that pregnant night charged with the determination of men who would die to uphold it should remember and pray for our nation.

Our National Anthem

On September 14, 1841, having been detained by the Royal Navy when he tried to negotiate the release of Dr. William Beanes who had been captured during the British raid on Washington, Francis Scott Key prayed, watched, and waited with anticipation through the night.

The morning light revealed that God had preserved America. The British were prevented from being able to bring down the flag. The sight of the standing flag was a moving moment, but faith had prepared Key to author our national anthem.

While the tradition of singing what is now our national anthem at games began in 1917, several years before "The Star Spangled Banner" was officially our national anthem (1931), it quickly became a tradition to sing only the first verse.

Gallantly, Americans held the flag in place until they died and others took their place.
Gallantly, Americans held the flag in place until they died and others took their place. | Source
The Red, White, and Blue stands guard over memories.
The Red, White, and Blue stands guard over memories. | Source

Do You Know The Text?

The text below is your chance to read Key's "The Star Spangled Banner," a poetic account of his eyewitness to history that tells of the Providential preservation of our country. It is a reminder of how the phrase “In God We Trust” came to be used as our nation’s motto.

The truth about our history is not being taught to our nation’s children. It is important to take time to share the story with someone else and then to encourage them to tell another so we can help each other take hold of our roots instead of simply allowing the tide of revisionist history to wash away the truth.

By shortening this anthem to one verse we aid and abet those who dismiss our history, not to mention that we are degrading the sacrifices of its history. Today's Americans would generally have little patience with listening to the entire song before settling into an event unless someone talked it up and started a movement.

Could you be the person behind a great trend? Maybe, maybe not, but you can be part of the collective effort to teach truth to this nation's citizens, especially on Flag Day. Don't forget to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" with your family and friends. Be sure video the event for posterity! Who knows, you could be the one behind a useful movement.

Combined Military Choirs

It Came from a Promised Prisoner Exchange

The Star Spangled Banner

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?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,

A home and a country should leave us no more!

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war's desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

America's National Anthem

When is Flag Day? What is Flag Day?

June 14 is when America celebrates Flag Day, particularly by displaying the stars and bars in homes, communities, and businesses. Do you know how to properly display the American flag? ⚐

On Flag Day we have the chance to review the Flag Resolution of 1777 from the Continental Congress. Are you aware of why this resolution was established? ⚐

The very first observation of Flag Day was held exactly 100 years after the American flag's design was initially settled on. How will you commemorate Flag Day this year? ⚐

Check out this history on Flag Day and celebrate it by sharing the information with family and friends. Read up and be the one in the know. Become the neighborhood expert and be the go to person with the facts.

Amaze everyone with your knowledge about America's stars and stripes so they can also help others understand the holiday. As an FYI so you can be ready, it's kind of fun to watch their faces when you step up with the who, what, when, and why facts.

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More Red. White, and Blue for You:

• Read more about the dawn's early light.

• Learn about displaying and respecting America's flag.

• Remembering Memorial Day is the least we can do.

• A Patriotic garden project.

• Take a look at America's Flag Day.

• American flag clip art for you to use.

✰ Do You Celebrate Flag Day?

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 months ago from the short journey

      Peggy Woods:

      So glad to know you enjoyed this post.

      That's an amazing set of birthdays and a great family story. Reminds me that our second granddaughter's birthday is at a time when their city has a parade for a hometown celebration. Anyway, she's still young enough that she thinks it's for her. Just too funny.

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      Peggy Woods 4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved reading this. I don't think that I had ever heard those verses beyond the first one.

      My husband's grandparents had their first child which was a girl (my husband's mother) and then their 2nd child, a boy, was born on June 14th 18 years the day! They used to kid that the entire nation was flying flags in celebration. It was a bit of a family joke.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping by sweetie1, as well as for leaving a comment. I double checked and Francis Scott Key wrote 4 verses. Maybe part of your message did not make it to the comment? Anyway, a quick look on YouTube gave me the link below. I looked at a few others but a good rendition isn't easy to find. :) Hope you enjoy this one if that is what you were wishing for...or I could just sing it for you, ha.

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      sweetie1 7 years ago from India

      Thanks for telling the story behind the national enthem ..though i would have loved if it was full

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for reading and commenting, James. Your appreciation is appreciated but your efforts to teach history rather than rewrite it are appreciated more.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you very much for this great Hub. I could not love it more than I do. Well done!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks, Pamela99, for reading and commenting on this hub. Dialog helps others become aware!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      RTalloni, The words are inspiring and it is a shame we don't hear the whole song very often. Your hub makes a good point.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      To put it politely, the tune is difficult. I don't know many beautiful national/state anthems that are easy to sing or to listen to. Thanks for stopping by Petra!

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      The words are inspiring and beautiful, but to sing this song de4cently is close to impossible, unless you are W Houston, of course