Legacy Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's Bicentennial Anniversary

Legacy Christian Academy students gathered Monday to honor the 200 year anniversary of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. Today is in fact Constitution Day, and so it was that following a word of prayer, Jake Dibley recited the preamble to the constitution. Ana Jakobi & Connor Guetersloh then shared the history of our country's national anthem with the student body. Sandra Clark, Fine Arts Director, led the Chamber Choir and student body in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner to complete the celebration.

As to the importance of celebration our anthem and governing document, Dr. Harmon shared, “The freedoms we enjoy, as Americans, are enumerated in our constitution. Remembering those freedoms, and those who secured and protected our freedoms, should be essential to the American way of life.”

Ms. Kreatschman, Intermediate School history teacher, eagerly reflected on the significance our national anthem for Christians:

The assault on Ft. McHenry, which inspired the penning of the Star Spangled Banner, is a time that directly connects Americans to the sovereignty of God. It is a David and Goliath moment; a moment where all seemed most certainly lost, and yet, we won the victory. Within the last stanza of Key's poem, we find him pointing us to the source of our victory:

Blest with victory 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.”

When we teach our children the Star Spangled Banner, we are reinforcing to them God's sovereignty in both the birth of our nation and in its sustenance.

For a live view of the same sight-line to Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key had 200 years ago during the Battle of Baltimore, a view that inspired him to write the words, “O say can you see,” that would become our national anthem, visit KeyCam. Additional site features include an interactive image gallery allowing users to upload their own inspiring photographs and other digital media.