Letter: Anthem’s story captures nation’s spirit, character

To the editor:

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I was pleased with the attention the Daily Journal has drawn to Francis Scott Key, Fort McHenry, and the Star-Spangled Banner (“Celebrate Flag Day by singing national anthem,” June 12).

By encouraging the singing of the anthem on Flag Day, June 14, the National Museum of American History’s “Raise It Up! Anthem for America” event has taken on an important activity that has as much to do with reaching the high points in history as it does the high notes of the anthem.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” speaks of struggle, commitment and determination by those who defended not just a city but also our nation at the Battle of Baltimore. It was a critical military victory, which is still commemorated annually through the observance of Defender’s Day, Sept. 14, in Baltimore.

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