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 broad 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?
Francis Scott Key, 1812
Designated our National Anthem
March 3, 1931