Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Star Spangled Banner

Today, September 14th, is the birthday of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. It was on this day, September 14, 1814. Written by Francis Scott Key while he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.

A more unconventional version was by Jimi Hendrix, but nonetheless, it is our national anthem.  In 1969, I was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base.  We hosted a music night at the base club each Friday night. One Friday a young airman came in to play. He played Jimi’s version, all the customers immediately came to their feet except one, a career sergeant.  A Colonel on his feet, standing at attention with the rest of us noticed this one person still sitting. With a loud commanding voice he ordered him to attention.  The humbled sergeant snapped to attention. A great reminder that we all honor our anthem.


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