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    Can anyone explain the American National anthem to me ?

    For example, What is it about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by America's National Anthem
    Oh, say can you see,
    By the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed
    At the twilight's last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
    Through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched
    Were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare,
    The bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night
    That our flag was still there.
    O, say, does that
    Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free
    And the home of the brave?
    The American National Anthem is taken from a poem written by a man named Francis Scott Key who was taken prisoner by the British during the War of 1812. He was taken aboard a British ship and watched as the British Navy bombarded an American fort called Fort McHenry. The British bombed the fort with cannons and rockets all through the night, but in the morning our flag was still waving over the fort. Even though the British bombardment was very fierce, the flag still waved over the fort as a sign that the Americans were still going to fight (even though our soldiers were inferior to the British soldiers, for the most part). This event was so important to us as a country, that we still have the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry today. It is considered one of our national treasures.

    This was so important because the War of 1812 showed the world that we were a power that was able to look after itself. We had won our independence only about 30 years before and many countries, including Great Britain, did not take us seriously. By fighting a war with Britain and not getting destroyed, we showed the world that we were capable of defending ourselves. We actually kind of lost most of the battles that we fought on land, but did very well on sea against the Royal Navy. Our greatest land victory came after the official peace was signed. Since messages traveled so slowly, no one knew about it until afterwards.

    I hope I didn't bore you with my history lesson .

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    Re: American National anthem

    It interested me. We pesky Brits have inspired more than one- the Portuguese anthem was written in the nationalist wake of a spot of bother with us.

    The novelist Kurt Vonnegut described it as 'gibberish sprinkled with question marks', but the same is true of many national anthems, though the question marks seem to be optional.

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