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The National Anthem has suddenly become one of the hottest button issues in the past few weeks. Visiting Baltimore, Maryland over Labor Day weekend gave us the opportunity to learn more about the history of the National Anthem. And one of the many locations in and around Baltimore regarding America’s song is the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

The house built-in 1793 is where Mary Pickersgill lived when she sewed the Star Spangled Banner. The flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the summer of 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

This is significant because this is the flag that Francis Scott Key saw the morning September 14, 1814 after an epic battle which saw 5,000 British soldiers, a fleet of 19 ships spend over 25 hours of attempting to take Fort McHenry.

For those who are not familiar with the story Key witnessed the battle from afar and came up with a poem entitle “Defence of Fort McHenry” that later would be become the Star Spangled Banner and the national anthem of the United States.

While we weren’t able to enter the house where Ms. Pickersgill once lived we did however get to see a replica flag that once flew over Fort McHenry. The history of the birth of our national anthem is one of the many things that Baltimore can contribute to their own.

With all of the issues about kneeling during the National Football League’s opening games with players specifically Colin Kaepernick it’s quite interesting to actually learn about the song that they’re opposing. While he’s protesting other issues concerning American civilians and not the song itself it’d be quite interesting to learn if he knows the story and why this song, along with this flag was created.

And yes, while some people disagree with what he’s doing it was events like the Battle of Baltimore which gave him the right to do so. Just like it was the right of Key to write the National Anthem oh so many years ago.

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