The United States’ long-honored and cherished song is recognized Sunday, with National Anthem Day.
Our patriotic melody, Star Spangled Banner, which is performed at most American pastimes, was written by Francis Scott during The War of 1812.
Scott is said to have written the song while imprisoned, witnessing the horrific, 25-hour-long attack on American people at Fort McHenry by British soldiers.
Scott had earlier boarded the British ship, anchored four miles away, in attempt to negotiate the release of an American civilian, but he himself was also detained aboard, as the attack on Americans began.
Over a century later, US President Herbert Hoover signed a resolution March 3, 1931, to make the Star Spangled Banner our official song.