Happy 241st Birthday America!

We want to thank Boy Scout Troop #30, for their presentation of the history of America’s national anthem – along with a flag folding demonstration and distribution. Afterwards, we painted flags and made flag treats.

A synopsis of the history of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. On September 13, 1814, during the War of 1812 – NOT the Revolutionary War- in the Battle over Baltimore at Fort McHenry, Maryland, Francis Scott Key was an attorney who was attempting to defend a friend who was being held captive aboard a British vessel. Mr. Key was also detained due to the seige. When in the dawn’s early light, he saw that the flag was still there – signaling that America had won the battle. This experience inspired him to write the poem, The Star Spangled Banner, named after the flag that he saw. The poem’s verses later replaced the lyrics to the song, To Anacreon in Heaven and was adopted as our national anthem on March 3, 1931. The flag named The Star Spangled Banner, that was flying over Fort McHenry can be viewed in the Smithsonian, National Museum of History with 14 of it’s 15 stars and 15 stripes as opposed to the usual 13 stripes and 50 stars of today’s flag.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-story-behind-the-star-spangled-banner-149220970
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner