March 3 marks National Anthem Day in America.
Whether it’s heard at a rally, a ball game or inside of a classroom, odds are most Americans know the patriotic song.
Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812.
On March 3, 1931 President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution to make the song the official national anthem of the United States.
The tune is known for its high notes and difficult lyrics. You can read the full lyrics below:
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?