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Did you know that “The Star Spangled Banner” was made the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3, 1931?  Before “The Star Spangled Banner”, other songs such as “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” and “Hail, Columbia” were used instead.

The words for the anthem come from a poem written by Frances Scott Key in 1814.  The British Army and Navy had captured Washington DC, burned down the White House, and were trying to capture Baltimore.  Before they could capture Baltimore, they had to get past Fort McHenry.  For 27 hours, the British Navy attacked Fort McHenry with rockets and cannons.  Detained by the British, Francis Scott Key watched this bombardment from a ship and was inspired to write his poem, “Defense of Fort McHenry”, which became the words for the US national anthem.

We hope that you have a gallant day at school.  Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things.  We Love You.

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