Monday, March 3, 2014

The Star Spangled Banner and Florida Statehood

On this day, March 3, 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted as the national anthem of the United States, more than 100 years after it was first written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. Today, we raise the 15-star flag used in the Battle of Fort McHenry which was the inspiration for Key's poem and eventual anthem.

We also honor Florida, which became the 27th state in the Union in 1845, after being purchased from Spain in 1819.

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