The Real Star Spangled Banner
The last line of “The Star Spangled Banner” asks the question “O say does that star spangled banner yet wave….?” Answer: It does!
The question sounds merely rhetorical, but the actual flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in 1814 has been restored through a project of eight years’ duration. If you want to see the same 30’ by 34’ flag that Francis Scott Key gazed upon during the bombardment of Ft. McHenry, and inspired the poem that become our national anthem, check out this short article from the Smithsonian.
If, like so many young people today, you’ve been deprived of the story of the writing of our national anthem, that article will give you a good summary of a truly American story. (For the curious, a more detailed history can be found here).