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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - While most of us think of sporting events, or maybe political rallies when we hear the "Star Spangled Banner",many of don't know the true history behind our national anthem. Friday March 03, is National Anthem Day, and on this day 86 years ago president Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution  for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to become our national anthem.

 

Most people said they no idea our national anthem was adopted and celebrated on this very day almost 90 years ago, some needed a little help with the words.


"Oh say can you see by the dawns early light...whats so proudly we held at the twilight's last gleaming, "Estep said.


"Oh say can you see...by the dawns early light. What's so proudly we gave at the twilight's last gleaming, "Williams said.

Terrance Williams said he's proud to be an American and loves our national anthem, but never really thought about the history behind it.


"I was told J. Edgar Hoover was the one that signed off for it for it to be our Star Spangled Banner that's what I was told but I don't know much else about it," Williams said.
 
But that answer is not quite right. President Herbert Hoover made the national anthem a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931

Cameron student Sara Caudill had a lot to say about the History of the Star Spangled Banner.

"I know that it was pretty made in the War of 1812 like pretty much when people wore wigs and corsets and stuff. The guy pretty much wrote it literally on the ship while all these bombs were firing at him and he was fearing for his life. He had this wonderful song for us to sing why he was going through all of that," Caudill said.
 
Sara is right according to Cameron University Professor, Dr. Lance Janda it was written by Francis Scott Key in 1812 and was originally called the "Defense of Fort McHenry" before being named "The Star Spangled Banner."

"He was a young attorney on board the British Flag ship while the British fleet is bombarding Fort McHenry on the outskirt of Baltimore. There was huge American flag and they bombard the fort all night and in the morning the flag is still standing. Key is very moved so he writes a poem," Janda said.

The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song called "To Anacreon in Heaven" that was already popular in the United States. The music was set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner". It soon became a well-known American patriotic song.

The first stanza of the song is more commonly sung by Americans but Janda said Key wrote 4 more stanzas related to the American flag. One thing Janda said for certain is that it's not an easy song.

"The rockers red glare is the hard part," Janda said.


We asked him to give it a try.

"No no...Oh say can you see...by the dawns early light," Janda said.

Janda said a lot of people forget the words and butcher the song but its our national anthem to sing and it's okay.

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