Praying in Baltimore at Ft. McHenry
The lyrics of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, were penned on September 14, 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory.
The last verse is especially poignant, in light of our culture's recent obsession with rewriting our nation's history - fortunately for America, their untruths will never prevail, and He will always remain!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand, between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land, praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, o're the land of the free and the home of the brave!