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The National Anthem

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from "Defense of Fort M'Henry", a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

Key was inspired by the large U.S. flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U.S. victory."


The band Madison Rising performed a new rendition of the 206 year old song with lead singer Dave Bray, a US Navy Veteran, Navy Corpsman.

I love the song, especially when it's performed acapella. I love listening the Madison Rising version as loud as I can, especially on the 4th of July and Veteran's Day.

Original manuscript. Francis Scott Key. 1814

"A View of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry." John Bower, 1816

Star Spangled Banner original US flag. Smithsonian display.

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