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Stars and stripes

Local veterans teach fourthgraders about the American flag

April 21, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

"Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?" That, of course, was the hopeful question asked by Francis Scott Key as he was held aboard a British ship as it bombarded Fort McHenry during a September night in 1814 during the War of 1812. The fort withstood the assault, and the American flag was still waving when morning came. Key's poem, "The Defense of Fort McHenry" was later set to music and became "The Star Spangled Banner," our national anthem. Accompanied with the display of our flag, for many years this has caused citizens to reflect on the history of what makes our country great and inspired them to serve or commemorate the sacrifices and contributions of countless people of our nation, both in the past and the present.



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