The National Anthem. <ul><li>Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' 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? </li></ul>
Old ironsides. <ul><li>Constitution is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guemere, Java, Pictou, Cvane , and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping . </li></ul>
Uncle Sam. <ul><li>He was an inspector. He inspected the army food & equipment. And then he would stamp U.S on the equipment. And the soldiers would say it meant Uncle Sam. </li></ul>
How We Got The National Anthem. <ul><li>In September 1814, the United States and Great Britain were in the midst of fighting what is known as the War of 1812. The British had taken over Washington, D.C., and planned to attack Baltimore, Maryland. A few American citizens, including a lawyer and poet named Francis Scott Key, approached the British fleet, which was anchored in Chesapeake Bay, to request the release of an American who had been taken prisoner. The British agreed to let the prisoner and the others return to American shores, but their return had to wait until the British were done attacking Fort McHenry, which was defending Baltimore. </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the night of September 13-14, Key heard the explosions of the battle, anxiously awaiting morning to see whether the Americans had won the battle. In the early morning light, Key could see that Fort McHenry's enormous American flag was still waving, indicating that the Americans had been triumphant. Relieved and inspired by the sight, Key composed a poem called "Defence of Fort M'Henry." Its opening lines recalled his first glimpse of the flag that morning: "Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light / What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?" Key may have had a popular tune in mind when writing the poem. That tune, called "To Anacreon in Heaven," had been an English drinking song, but it soon became linked with Key's poem, and the title of the new song became "The Star-Spangled Banner." </li></ul>
How We Got The National Anthem. <ul><li>Francis Scott Key was going over to the British ship as they were attacking Fort McHenry and he made a poem in his head about Old Glory. </li></ul>
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