July 2017: Military, First Responders & Their Families

military_familyI love to hear the National Anthem played. Whether I’m at a professional ballgame, a parade or watching the Olympics, my heart swells with pride for this country every time I hear it. The Star Spangled Banner, though written during the War of 1812, has obviously stood the test of time. Just as our country has.

Most of us, including me, have forgotten the actual facts about how The Star Spangled Banner came to be. Brief history: after a tumultuous and daylong battle between the British and Americans at Fort McHenry (Baltimore), Francis Scott Key (a lawyer, who watched the battle from a ship in the Chesapeake Bay), looked out to see which flag was flying above the fort. The Americans had succeeded, and Key was inspired to write the POEM celebrating that victory. “And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there” is literally what Key saw firsthand, and what inspired his poem that became our National Anthem. Little Known Fact: the original poem contains 3 more stanzas, which of course are not a part of our National Anthem.

The poem was published and someone (unknown) set it to music with a tune already in existence. Congress officially made The Star Spangled Banner the official National Anthem of America in 1931, but by then it had already been adopted as such by the Army and Navy.

As is often said, Freedom Isn’t Free. Americans can thank a long line of men and women whose heroism and valor have defended this country throughout our 238-year history. This month we remember all those who have ensured that the greatest country in the world has stood the test of time. If you are the parent, wife, husband, brother, sister… or any other relation to a current (or former) member of the military, know that FT Cares Foundation is always looking for ways to support our military. Please recognize our military personnel any time you can, and teach your children to do the same! Our current military and vets have made sure that this country has remained the “land of the free and the home of the brave”‚Äč.

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