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  • Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam -- In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream; 'Tis the Star-spangled Banner, O! Where mixt with the olive the laurel shall wave, And form a bright wreath for the brow of the brave
  • But America won its Second War of Independence from Britain
  • Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! And when the museum reopens in summer 2008, the Star-Spangled Banner will be its centerpiece, displayed in its own state-of-the-art gallery
  • The Lyrics Francis Scott Key was a gifted amateur poet
  • Smithsonian photographers created this composite image of the Star-Spangled Banner in 2004 from 73 separate photographs
  • But did you know that there are three additional verses that we almost never hear? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there
  • Third Verse And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? This version of the song remained popular and well known through the , until Key wrote his new lyrics and appropriated the tune
  • The singer on the video is Mandy McKee from Red Deer, Alberta This arrangement is available on iTunes
  • Courtesy of the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum The Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland, is the 1793 home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner
  • On September 5 th, Stuart and Key had sailed into the harbor to meet with Admiral George Cockburn to discuss the release of Dr
  • Key's song of Tripoli lives on in the American national anthem
  • That morning he wrote notes for a future poem about this event
  • And the rockets' 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? Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution
  • Over the harbor, there was a cloud of smoke that was only illuminated by the glow of rockets
  • Historians are not sure how the Armistead family came into possession of the flag, but upon Armistead's death in 1818, his wife Louisa inherited it
  • Key Francis Scott Miscellaneous Star Spangled Banner O! And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
  • Keys borrowed the tune of an old drinking song and gave it these new words
They allowed the Americans to return to their own vessel but continued guarding them Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution
Now it the of the morning's beam, In full reflected now in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! The musical arrangement for Whitney Houston's rendition was by conductor John Clayton Wikipedia Commons Throughout this battle, Key was in the harbor hearing cannon fire and the booms of explosives
They made the stars, each measuring two feet in diameter, from cotton—a luxury item at the time It then remained in a safe-deposit vault in New York City until Appleton loaned it to the Smithsonian in 1907
In the end, the British and America ended the way in a truce American forces met the incoming soldiers and impeded them from advancing
A large flag, but one not unusual for the time Beanes was a doctor, and a colleague of Key, who had refused to give food and drink to British soldiers who had happened upon his house in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Major , future uncle to Confederate General in the Civil War, commanded the fort I've not seen the text of the second earlier verse so I can't report it
But when darkness arrived, Key saw only red erupting in the night sky On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Courtesy of the National Park Service The Flag's Beginnings The Star-Spangled Banner's history starts not with Francis Scott Key, but a year earlier with Maj
The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D Over the next six weeks, Mary, her daughter, three of Mary's nieces, a 13-year-old indentured servant and possibly Mary's mother Rebecca Young worked 10-hour days sewing the flag, using 300 yards of English wool bunting
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? It's asking if the star spangled banner is still waving She was a widowed woman running her own business, trying to make good in a very difficult time
She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification Having worked on historic flags for the United States Naval Academy, Fowler had patented a method of supporting fragile flags with a linen support that required a honeycomb pattern of stitches

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