Thursday, September 14, 2006

September 14: And The Flag Was Still There

The bombardment commenced at dawn Septenber 13, 1814 under a heavy rain. For 25 straight hours, Fort McHenry was pounded by British warships. The Americans inside the fort hunkered down to weather the storm of bombs bursting in air and the incessant rain.

Watching from the deck of the HMS Surprise, Francis Scott Key watched the bombardment through the perilous night. When dawn broke on September 14, straining to see through the morning rain, fog, and powder smoke, Key could see that that star spangled banner yet waved, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

That morning 192 years ago, "The Star Spangled Banner" was born and by Congressional resolution was made the national anthem March 3, 1931.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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