Friday Photo of the Day

So I am verrry late in posting for today, but things got a little crazy over the past 48 hours. Anyway, I came across this story on Twitchy, where I also found this awesome photo of two American icons:


Let’s work hard to ensure that America’s greatness — epitomized in part by the Space Program — will be restored in November by a new president who actually loves the USA and recognizes its exceptionalism.


The Star Spangled Banner

“Hats off! Along the street there comes a blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums, a flash of color beneath the sky: Hats off! The flag is passing by!”

Henry Holcomb Bennett

Although the United States is currently 236 years old, she has only officially had a national anthem for 81 years. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as the national anthem by congressional resolution in 1931and signed by President Herbert Hoover.

The lyrics came from the poem, The Defence of Fort McHenry, written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and aspiring poet. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written for the Anacreontic Society in London. This piece was already popular in the United States, despite its one- and one- half octave range and the difficulty people had in singing it.

On September 3, 1814, Francis Scott Key and John Stuart Skinner sailed from Baltimore on a prisoner exchange mission authorized by President James Madison. The two men boarded the British ship HMS Tonnant on September 7th and spoke with Major General Robert Ross and Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane over dinner while the two British officers discussed war plans.

Because Skinner and Key had heard the battle plans being discussed over dinner, they were held captive until after the battle. As the night was rainy, Key realized  that he would not know the outcome of the battle until dawn. At dawn, he was heartened to see the larger American flag had been raised to replace the fort’s storm flag. This larger flag with 15 stripes and 15 stars, is now on display at the National Museum of American History.

Key wrote the poem on the back of a letter that he had kept in his pocket. Once he was released in Baltimore, he completed the poem at the Indian Queen Hotel where he was staying. He gave the poem to his brother in law, Judge Joseph H. Nicholson, who noticed that the words fit the popular melody of The Anacreontic Song. Nicholson took the poem to a printer in Baltimore, who anonymously printed the first copies of the song on September 17, 1814. Two known copies of that printing have survived.

The song became more and more popular, and bean to replace other such patriotic songs such as My Country ‘Tis Of Thee and Hail, Columbia. The Star Spangled Banner became recognized by the Navy for official use in 1889 and by the President in 1916.

In 1929, Robert Ripley drew a panel in his syndicated cartoon, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, saying, “Believe it or not, America has no national anthem.” In 1931, John Philip Sousa cited The Star Spangled Banner as his pick for a national anthem due to its stirring prose, and President Herbert Hoover adopted it on March 3, 1931.

— Joan Schaefer Poach


About the Author: Religious, spiritual and liberty-loving Joan Schaefer-Poach has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Connecticut since she was three weeks old. Both her mother and her grandmother were Past Department Presidents of the organization for the state of Connecticut, and, in 1997, Joan followed in their footsteps. This made history within the organization, as Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only two states in the country who have had three generations of members serve as Department President.

Joan currently works as a Technical Support Group supervisor for Cablevision in Shelton CT, in a 500- person-plus facility with a group that consists primarily of entry-level individuals fresh out of college. As a result, she experiences first-hand the entitlement attitude that is taught in the public school system and fights diligently to eliminate it in the workplace.

Fed up with the “hate America first” attitude that has taken over the schools from kindergarten all the way through college, Joan believes that the only way to fix this country is by exposing youngsters to our history in a way that brings it to vibrant life — as opposed to the dull recitation of dates and facts. There’s an old saying that states, “what’s past is prologue”, and if we want this country to once again be free of the onerous links to socialism and fascism, our children need our guidance. Joan fervently hopes to assist with this effort.

Editor’s Note: Joan is dedicating all of her contributions to the memory of Andrew Breitbart. RIP.