Thursday, June 14, 2007

Flag Day Star Spangled Banner PODCAST Clip Art

. Flag Day Star Spangled Banner PODCAST Clip Art. Public Domain Clip Art Stock Photos and Images.

TITLE: High above, over a true "home of the brave," the floating folds of the Star Spangled Banner symbolize the American way of life to soldiers in training for the battles that will bring freedom to an unhappy, wartorn world, Fort Knox, Ky. "The Star Spangled Banner" (MP3 - 908 KB)

CALL NUMBER: LC-USW36-4 [P and P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-fsac-1a35188 (digital file from original transparency), LC-USW361-4 (color film copy slide) No known restrictions on publication.

SUMMARY: General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at , MEDIUM: 1 transparency : color. CREATED, PUBLISHED: 1942 June.

Flag Day Star Spangled Banner PODCAST Clip Art

CREATOR: Palmer, Alfred T., photographer. NOTES: B&w photograph in Lot 12002-34. Transfer; FSA-OWI; 1944.

PART OF: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection, REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA . DIGITAL ID: (digital file from original transparency) fsac 1a35188, CARD #: fsa1992001065/PP

Digital ID: fsac 1a35188 Source: digital file from original transparency Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-fsac-1a35188 (digital file from original transparency) , LC-USW361-4 (color film copy slide) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (102 kilobytes)

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-DIG-fsac-1a35188]

MARC Record Line 540 - No known restrictions on publication.

History: In 1814, about a week after the city of Washington had been badly burned, British troops moved up to the primary port at Baltimore Harbor in Maryland. Frances Scott Key visited the British fleet in the Harbor on September 13th to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes who had been captured during the Washington raid. The two were detained on the ship so as not to warn the Americans while the Royal Navy attempted to bombard Fort McHenry.

At dawn on the 14th, Key noted that the huge American flag, which now hangs in the Smithsonian's American History Museum, was still waving and had not been removed in defeat. The sight inspired him to write a poem entitled Defense of Fort McHenry; later the poem was set to music that had been previously composed for another song by a Mr. Smith.

The end result was the inspiring song now considered the national anthem of the United States of America. It was accepted as such by public demand for the next century or so, but became even more accepted as the national anthem during the World Series of Baseball in 1917 when it was sung in honor of the brave armed forces fighting in the Great War.

The World Series performance moved everyone in attendance, and after that it was repeated for every game. Finally, on March 3, 1931, the American Congress proclaimed it as the national anthem, 116 years after it was first written.

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