Sunday, June 22, 2008

Did you know our National Anthem was composed by a prisoner of war?

It's true.

Francis Scott Key was a prisoner aboard a British warship when he penned the immortal words of The Star-Spangled Banner. He had gone aboard a British ship to obtain the release of another American, but was detained overnight by the British. At the dawning of the day he was so thrilled to see the Stars & Stripes still flying over Fort McHenry that he wote a poem on the back of an envelope to commemorate the memorable occasion. The poem was later set to the music of a tune probably written by a British composer.

For the full story, please go to Our National Anthem.
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