On September 13th, 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. The 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet wrote the iconic work after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships. Key was inspired by the large American Flag, affectionately known as the Star Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort as Americans fought towards victory.
Ironically enough, the iconic poem ended up being set to the tune of a popular British song by John Stafford Smith. Smith’s song was already popular throughout the territories, and it seemed a natural fit for lyrics. Then on March 3rd, 1931, President Herbert Hoover made the Star Spangled Banner the national anthem through a congressional resolution and signed it into law.
Over the years, thousands of people have created their own renditions of this historic song. But in the video below, the world famous Gaither Vocal Band sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and it sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. The unique acapella style combined with their incredible voices will make you proud to live in this great nation.
In a time when there is so much turmoil and things are so uncertain, it’s essential to remember where we came from. We must never forget the sacrifices that were made to ensure our freedom.
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