Now, today's post is a tribute to our wonderful country--Happy Birthday, America! you don't look a day over 239 years!!
Growing up in Maryland, I have visited Fort McHenry on several occasions and each time, I get chills thinking about Francis Scott Key writing the poem "The Defense of Fort McHenry" in 1814 describing the battle of the War of 1812, that would go on to be our National Anthem. Our flag stood steadfast during the bombing and can only imagine the depth of emotion that went into his writing. This poem was first recognized by the United States Navy in 1889, and by Woodrow Wilson in 1916, but wasn't made our National Anthem until a resolution of Congress in 1931 and signed by President Herbert Hoover.
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?