Freckles in April: The Star Spangled Banner

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Star Spangled Banner

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We had a Canadian law student stay with us for 7 weeks this summer while he did a summer internship with a firm not too far from us. We spent some time discussing the differences between Canadians and Americans and one of the things he mentioned was that he loves how patriotic Americans are. We love our flag, we love our country, and we're generally pretty vocal about it.

During our overnight in Baltimore on the way home from the Bahamas we stopped at Fort McHenry. A battle there during the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner. My kids got to help unfurl a full-size replica of the flag that flew over the fort at the time (the real flag is in one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. and it is breathtaking).

We watched a short video about the battle and, because I am my mother's daughter, I got all emotional.

Francis Scott Key was on a British ship to negotiate the release of a prisoner but, because he knew too much about the British strength, position, and plans to attack Baltimore, he had to stay on board until after the battle. The night was long as the formidable British navy rained bombs and bullets upon the American soldiers at Fort McHenry. At dawn, Key nervously looked toward the fort. His joy at seeing a tattered but proud American flag still flying became the poem which became the song which became our national anthem.

I am so thankful for my country and for the people who sacrificed to build it and keep it safe.

May I never take my freedom for granted.

Happy 4th of July, American friends!

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