Back in December of last year, in my post ‘Reveille‘, I wrote the following words –
In the mornings after reveille, the National Anthem is played. In the United States, we play the National Anthem before sporting events and sometimes other types of activities where large amounts of people are gathered. I would acknowledge the song and maybe sing along with it or, maybe not. Since living at NAS, that has changed; I feel differently when I hear this song now. The song has more meaning for me. Why?
No matter where on the base one is – when the National Anthem is played in the morning or evening, everyone stops what they are doing and gives their attention. Military personal both active and retired salute and civilians with their hand on their heart. My heart pounds as I am stopped in my tracks and begin singing the National Anthem – what an honor.
In today’s post, I write the following –
From Wikipedia –
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory.
My friend and fellow blogger Jennie over at A Teacher’s Reflections published a wonderful post back in November of last year about the significance of this song with children. I did not realize there is a book The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier that depicts the words to this song in full color illustrations. Please stop over to Jennie’s blog and check out her wonderful post Children and “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Having lived on the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida – I heard this song every morning. We sing it many times in our lives without much thought into the words and the meaning of the song. I realize the following video is rather long (11:38 minutes), but if you have time to watch it, please do. I hope you listen to the words and watch the video today, and learn something you may have not known and maybe just maybe, it brings to you a new significance; and the next time you hear it, a since of honor and pride will fill your heart.