• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

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Did You Know?

Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem sheet music

Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."