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‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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American flag hanging from the ladder of a firetruck during a small rural parade in Central Valley, Caifiornia.

The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. “The Anacreontic Song” (or “To Anacreon in Heaven”), set to various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one and a half octaves, it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the song has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today, with the fourth (“O thus be it ever when free men shall stand…”) added on more formal occasions.The Star-Spangled Banner was recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889 and the President in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you.

    – Buckwhite

  • Chelei
    Cheleialmost 4 years ago

    Would you please consider entering this piece of art into the Just Fun Group so you can enter the Memorial Day Challenge?!

  • Thanks very much for the invite. I have entered the group and my photo into the challenge.

    – Buckwhite

  • Chelei
    Cheleialmost 4 years ago

    You will like it here!

  • Have already sen some very nice work in this group – I entered a different photo that I felt was more appropriate to the theme.

    – Buckwhite

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 4 years ago



  • Thank you very much Pat, I am very proud to be on the Permanent Feature Page of this group.

    – Buckwhite

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful and congrats on your feature. A fave. -Judy

  • Thank you very much for the comment and the fav.

    – Buckwhite

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you, much appreciated.

    – Buckwhite

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture! Outstanding work!

  • Thanks James, appreciate your comment very much.

    – Buckwhite

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for honoring whose who gave their lives so that others might live freely.

  • Thank you very much Lori, I am very touched by your comment. Thank you.

    – Buckwhite

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 3 years ago


    Congratulations from your hosts at Color Me A Rainbow!

    Please go Here and immediately place your fantastic image into the Selective Color challenge and good luck! Dee

  • Thank you so much Diane, appreciate it.

    – Buckwhite

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – Buckwhite

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