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“The Star Spangled Banner” Became Our National Anthem on March 3, 1931 (83 Years Ago)

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On this date, March 3, 1931 “The Star Bangled Banner” officially became our national anthem. The song was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key and then 83 years ago today was signed into law by President Hoover and thus became the national anthem.

Did you know there is more than the just the verse that is sung today before sporting events and played before many American led ceremonies?

Here is the whole song or poem as it was designed in its origin as taken from Wikipedia.

“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ 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 washed out their foul footsteps’ 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 loved 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 preserved 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!”

If you’re old enough you probably remember the national anthem beginning the broadcast day on TV. Remember waiting for Saturday morning cartoons to start? There was the striped test pattern, national anthem would play and then it was it was “toon time’

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