National Anthem Day
There is a song everyone can recognize, no matter where you are from. It touches every part of the country, young and old, regardless of nationality. It is called the National Anthem and speaks to culture, history, and sometimes even your nation’s identity. The song is sung every morning in many countries by schoolchildren. In America, it is even used to open sporting events, particularly American Football. National Anthem Day celebrates all National Anthems, from obscure and forgotten to those that ring out each day.
National Anthem Day’s origins lie in America. It is here that Francis Scott Key composed the anthem while Fort McHenry was under British attack. He was there on a military ship and witnessed the whole assault. These events are what inspired some of the imagery used in the song, such as the “bombs bursting into air” line. His time as a soldier was a major influence on the song, which was an old tavern tune.
Some countries, like England, don‚Äôt have an official national song. Strange though it may sound, the national anthem is a song that the citizens of the country have chosen to be theirs. The song “God Save The Queen”, which is sung at official events and sporting events, is used in places where national anthems wouldn’t stand. The UK is an interesting case because it actually consists of three Kingdoms and each one has its own anthem.
National Anthem Day can be one of the easiest and most enjoyable holidays to celebrate. Start at home. Do your research to find out what your country’s National Anthem means. Then, take some time to read up on its history and how it was created. You should find out the history of how it is sung, and when.
National Anthem Day is your chance to learn more about the history of your country and maybe to show some pride in it.