What inspired the national anthem?
On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore's Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.
This is the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The flag, which flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the 1814 battle at the fort, is a 15-star, 15-stripe garrison flag made in 1813 and loosely woven so that it could fly on a 90-foot flagpole.
- Before it was named “The Star-Spangled Banner,” it was called “The Defense of Fort McHenry.” Key eventually changed the name to better represent the flag and the United States.
- Rabindranath Tagore
- Not only our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner was the flag that flew during the War of 1812 during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the words that would become the famous song.
The national anthem is about a desperate fight that took place during the War of 1812. The lyrics describe the writers emotions as he watched this battle from the safety of a British warship. On September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key was on board a British navy ship to negotiate the release of a private citizen.
- The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
- The Star-Spangled banner is important because it is the national anthem of the United States of America. Originally intended to be a poem, the lines (and eventually the lyrics) of the song were written on September 14th, 1814 by a lawyer in his mid-thirties, Francis Scott Key.
- Francis Scott Key
"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.
- The name of the United States' national anthem is "The Star-Spangled Banner." It is about the American flag. Francis Scott Key was an American. He wrote the words for "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814.
- In this This Day in History video, the 9/13/1814 writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key is recounted. It was inspired by the British bombing of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.
- February 04, 2018.
One of the most popular prop bets ahead of Super Bowl LII pertaining to how long it would take three-time Grammy winner P!nk to sing the national anthem at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The over/under was set to two minutes. Pink hit the under with a performance that was one minute and 53 seconds
Updated: 2nd October 2019