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Stand Up and Salute for The National Anthem

The Star-Spangled Banner

Isn’t this a great time of the year! I love our Red, White, and Blue holidays. Memorial Day—Flag Day—then comes the Fourth of July. Our patriotic songs sure get a work-out in the summer: The National Anthem, The Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful, Take Me Out to the Ball-Game …

I find it curious that there are people who happily stand up for Take Me Out to the Ball-Game, but ignore the courtesy of standing up for the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. Last week in another article, I printed the portion of the U.S. Code that addresses the National Anthem protocol, and it’s here too, but I can summarize it quickly: Stand Up and Salute.

Shown at right is a copy of The Star-Spangled Banner, hand-written and dated 1840 by Francis Scott Key, near the end of his life. Key’s original 1814 document, a poem, was titled “The Defense of Fort McHenry.”

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