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The national anthem of the United States of America is “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was written by the attorney Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, following his observation of the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland, as recounted by History.com. Inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying proudly after the battle, Key penned the now-famous lines: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Originally conceived as a poem titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” it eventually became the national anthem in 1931 when it was set to music.

According to History.com, after Key’s poem was published in newspapers, composers adapted the words to fit John Stafford Smith’s tune “To Anacreon in Heaven.” President Woodrow Wilson paid further tribute to the anthem in 1916 by requesting it to be played at official events. On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” officially gained its status as the United States National Anthem.

In a heartwarming scene, the father begins to sing the familiar words, “Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” As he starts the song, his baby’s excitement grows, and the adorable little one joins in with an endearing rendition of the anthem, adding a touch of baby-talk charm to the performance

 

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