Original Star Spangled Banner Manuscript Leaves Baltimore for the First Time on March 1st and 2nd; suggested history lesson at Fort McHenry questions if the Star Spangled Banner should be scrapped!

Suggested history lesson on the National Park Service website for Fort McHenry questions if the Star Spangled Banner is an appropriate national anthem for “the nation we are today”…..

(Editor’s Note: It is no small wonder that our schools are in such sad shape and there are so many socialists around America when one of the most significant national landmarks features as part of it’s suggested lesson studies for school children, such complete crap….why not just teach the history as it was? It was a pretty good story of brave souls persevering through the night against a much superior force who were intent on taking back America as it’s colonies.)

Baltimore Md.- February 28, 2011 -The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is loaning the priceless original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner by Frances Scott Key to the National Anthem Celebration Foundation on Tuesday, March 1 for an event in Annapolis.  The following day the document will be lent to the National Park Service at Fort McHenry for three months. The document has never before been out of Baltimore.
 The armored truck, honor guard, local, state and park police motorcade will begin at the Park Ave entrance to MdHS. 
At 10 am on Wednesday, March 2 a similar motorcade will take the Star Spangled Banner manuscript from the MdHS  at its Park Ave entrance to Fort McHenry for a major new exhibit opening on the War of 1812.  There will be reinactors dressed in 1812 uniforms as part of the honor guard. 
For more information on either of the two departures from MdHS contact Marc Apter at 301-904-3690 or mapter@mdhs.org

Attention History Teachers: Here are the words you might not be able to find on the National Park Service Website….much more can be learned from The National Anthem Project Teacher’s Resources
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ 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?

On the shore dimly seen thro’ 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?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
‘T is the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us as a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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