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The American Flag And Its 10 Astounding Truths

#4. The National Anthem and its inspiration


Francis Scott Key and his poem became the National Anthem. But, hardly do people know that it was the flag that influenced the anthem. 1814, September 13, marked as an important day in history when Fort Henry was bombarded and that’s when Key came up with his poem. While many might be aware that the National Anthem of America was influenced by a flag, many do not know that the national flag, in appreciation, still exists.

The flag is found in Washington, Smithsonian. When someone sees the flag, the primary thing that might catch one’s eye is the missing pieces of it. It is also normal for anyone to consider that the flag is tattered by age. However, those missing pieces were sold in the auction. The recent one being the Dallas auction in 2011. A tiny piece with a seam containing the white and red pieces. Many pieces were detached in the 19th century. The cherry on the cake is that it is a 15-stripe, 15-star version and that is why it soared high during the 1812 war.


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