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What Makes America's National Anthem so Special?

All about America's Devotion to Its Proud Sweet Song
A PRIME Insurance Special

  •  Attorney, poet-writer Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to American anthem, after viewing  the triumphant American Flag flap victoriously in Baltimore, MD following the September 14, 1814 British battle loss.

  • Though used periodically by the military and navy, the Star Spangled Banner was not officially recognized as the national anthem until President Herbert Hoover signed it into law in 1931 - 117 years after the song was created.

  • The words to the Star Spangled Banner are sung to the tune of a former English drinking ballad.

  • Prior to using the British drinking song as the piece connected to the American anthem, the tune was the backdrop to a campaign jingle used for highlighting John Adam’s bid as a second term president.
  • The first printed page including Scott Key’s The Star-Spangled Banner included an embarrassing spelling error in the title. Readers saw, ‘A Parioric Song’ instead of ‘A Patriotic Song’.

  • The original lyrics were comprised of four stanzas, yet today’s prevalent practice is to highlight only the initial one.
  • The Star Spangled Banner’s first sports’ event singing-recital occurred at the World Series of 1918.

  • The custom to sing the American anthem at any public sport event began during the Second World War.

  • The original music to the National Anthem was meant for a chorus of singers. Today, the anthem is sung solo with a more drawn-out velocity and beat.

  • It is considered a distinct honor to be chosen to sing the National Anthem in public – a challenging vocal feat reserved only for the most talented.

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Summary: Prime Insurance spotlights The American National Anthem with pride!


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