LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Wednesday reminded residents that this year is the200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner.
“This fall will mark 200 years since the perseverance of Americans against a British attack that would lead to the drafting of a national anthem,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “As we honor America this Independence Day, I encourage all Southwest Michigan families to take a moment to remember the battle that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner.”
To commemorate the upcoming 200th anniversary, the Michigan Senate adopted Senate Resolution 159, which recounts the British attack on Fort McHenry on September 13-14, 1814. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words for Defense of Fort M’Henry to the tune of To Anacreon in Heaven.
Key’s lyrics were subsequently renamed The Star-Spangled Banner and on March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed the act of Congress designating it as the national anthem.
“I supported this resolution because honoring milestones in American history is important,” Proos said. “The Fourth of July is America’s birthday – a day imprinted in our hearts as the moment the people declared themselves free. It was the beginning of our American experience full of triumphs and bravery that need to be remembered and celebrated.
“The successful defense of Fort McHenry against an all-night bombardment is one of those triumphs – one that inspired an anthem that continues to rouse a nation.”