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OFF the CUFF: Discovery of a Star-Spangled nightmare

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By Cheryl Duncan, Assistant Editor

Do you know the words to The National Anthem?

I’ll give you a hint: It starts with, “O! Say, can you see ...?”

Francis Scott Key’s poetic response to America’s victory at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 is officially known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was officially designated as our national anthem by congressional resolution signed by President Herbert Hoover in 1931.

In my youth, learning the lyrics to this iconic bit of history was akin to learning the Pledge of Allegiance.

I thought that was the case nationwide.


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