Froggyz Adventures - American Flag

Tradition and patriotism, sing the American anthem!

The first of our American ‘National Days’ challenges chosen by Froggyz was the ‘National Anthem Day’, which is celebrated each year on March 3rd. The American anthem’s title is “The Star-Spangled Banner”, inspired from the former name of the American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner flag, which was used in Baltimore during the war of 1812. The lyrics of the American anthem (see below) were written by the amateur poet Francis Scott Key in 1814 🎼

American people are known for being proud of their flag, but there are also very respectful of their national anthem. Nowadays, this song is frequently played during various occasions, such as politics, military, educative or sport events (even non-professional!), and even more! For example, the national anthem is performed by a celebrity at the opening of the big American Football final game, the Superbowl 🏈 In February 2016, the national anthem was honored by Lady Gaga during this event. When the anthem starts, everybody is quiet, some people sing and most of them put their right hand on their heart. We had the opportunity to attend a few of these events when the national anthem was played and we made this little video to show you the ambiance and the true emotion that we felt in these moments when even ourselves we feel American… 🎆

https://youtu.be/FHYPF2Cdj1k

Lyrics of the National Anthem of the United States of America

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! Long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Froggyz Adventures - National Anthem Day / Hymne américain

✍️ DID YOU KNOW?…

The actual flag ‘The American Flag’ is also called (among other nicknames) The Stars and Stripes’. Every item of the flag means something:Keep Calm and Sing the American anthem / Hymne américain

➸ The blue rectangle in the left corner symbolizes the Union.

➸ This rectangle contains 50 white stars, one for each State of the United States of America.

➸ The 13 red and white stripes represent the thirteen British colonies, which were the thirteen first States to compose the United States of America (that were united in 1775): Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, New-York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and lastly, Georgia.

 

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