The Man Who Lived the National Anthem

Right about now, it would serve Americans well to remember the story of the attorney, Francis Scott Key, who wrote the poem, “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” that quickly became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” By knowing its origin, we may better handle our present-day ruckus. The words of our national anthem describe real-life events that were observed that fateful night in September of 1814 when the British were trying to bomb Fort McHenry off the map.