Happy 4th of July! In celebration of our country’s birthday, let’s learn more about our national anthem.
We all know our National Anthem, but do you know how it originated?
The author, Francis Scott Key, was at Fort McHenry when the British Royal Navy bombed the fort in 1814.
Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, and John Stuart Skinner were on a mission for President James Madison on September 3, 1814. The men were sailing on the HMS Minden to secure the exchange of prisoners.
Having overheard plans of attack the two men were held captive until the battle was over. They had a front seat view of the attack and were inspired by the American victory. Key paced the ship deck throughout the night while the battle raged. [Read more…]