National Anthem Day

The Collection of Interests post for today reminded me that March 3 is the national day for thinking about our National Anthem and the topic made me happy. My father was assigned to the Coast Guard Station in Baltimore, Maryland back in the 50s, and, of course, across from the station was Norfolk, where Frances Scott Key watched the British attack on Fort McHenry.

“Born on August 1, 1779, in Frederick County, Maryland, Francis Scott Key became a lawyer who witnessed the British attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The fort withstood the day-long assault, inspiring Key to write a poem that would become the future U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”- Biography.com

As a young person, I remember going to the station to watch what were, to my young eyes, the most magnificent tours dé force of firework artistry in the world.

But the thing about “The Star-Spangled Banner” is that it is difficult to sing. It is also, at times, for some singers, experienced or not, hard to remember the rather arcane words. On many occasions this has occurred:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8mUYRZuYPbplV8WClhjfyQ

https://youtu.be/bZLc7wkuRU0

But here’s the version I like best by Kaitlyn Maher, who happened to be four-years-old when she sang the National Anthem. What do you think? Go ahead and click below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhD9kKb3hSM

Happy Star-Spangled Banner Day everybody!

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