3 p.m., Oct. 18
- Francis Scott Key
Inspired by the bombing of Fort McHenry
Our national anthem's origin story
Star Spangled Banner
- 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?
- O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
- Between their loved homes 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!