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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