Saturday will mark the 237th birthday of the flag of the United States — the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, the Star-Spangled Banner.
But this year’s observance will be special, as it is the 200th anniversary of the Francis Scott Key poem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which became our national anthem.
For the record, Key didn’t write the poem on June 14. He visited Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Sept. 14, 1814. Flag Day itself is celebrated on the anniversary of the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt a flag of the United States.