#179 Land of the Free & Home of the Brave
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The history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the national anthem of the USA — is fascinating. Of special note is that Francis Scott Key actually penned an ampersand in the phrase “o’er the land of the free & the home of the brave.” Good going, Frank!
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In the meantime, read about the restoration and preservation of the original flag at Smithsonian Magazine. The flag waving over Fort McKenna in the recent photo is a replica of the actual flag witnessed by Frances Scott Key on September 14, 1812, inspiring “The Star-Spangled Banner” which officially became the national anthem of the United States of America in 1931.
Happy 4th of July