September 13:September 13, 2012
September 13: “The Defence of Fort McHenry”
“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.
Today, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry is housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.