Inspiring, memorable visuals illustrating the performance by a U.S. Army chorus of the United States of America's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner ... written as a poem by Francis Scott Key on September 13, 1814 ... after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British Royal Navy ships in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812.
Video by USA Patriotism!
Francis Scott Key's inspiration for this iconic poem was ... seeing the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above Fort Henry during the American victory after .
The Star-Spangled Banner became the official national anthem nearly 217 years later ... by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 and then signed by President Herbert Hoover.
While The Star-Spangled Banner has four stanzas ... only the first is commonly sung including in the video.
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream, 'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation! Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.