The Star Spangled Banner


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER
by Francis Scott Key, 1814

Congress adopted the song in 1931 as our national anthem, the result of a nation-wide campaign initiated by the VFW

O say, can you see -



By the dawn's early light



What so proudly we hail'd



At the twilight's last gleaming,



Whose broad stripes and bright stars,



Through the perilous fight,



O'er the ramparts we watch'd,



Were so gallantly streaming?



And the rocket's 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 free men 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 Pow'r 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.      

 

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