DECATUR – Tomorrow, March 3rd is National Anthem Day, a day to honor and celebrate the song.
It was written in September 1814 by 35-year-old lawyer and poet, Francis Scott Key. Key had just witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. The Fort was under attack for 25 hours and was defended by 1,000 American soldiers.
When the attack stopped and an overnight storm lifted, Scott could see the American Flag waiving over the fort. Scott was moved by the scene and wrote the words to the poem originally called “Defence of Fort M’Henry.”
It later became a song. President Herbert Hoover signed a resolution on March 3, 1931 making “The Star Spangled Banner” our nation’s national anthem.