The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of
the United States.
The lyrics come from a poem written in 1814 by
Francis Key, a 35-year-old lawyer, after he witnessed
the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships in
The most famous line, which is repeated in all four
verses, describes America as the land of the free and
the home of the brave.
Few of us would claim to be brave but we should all be
brave enough to be our true selves!