Fort McHenry was not primarily a military fort and housed families.
The new Americans kept that flag flying by holding it up until the bodies of the dead themselves kept it upright. Americans would rather stand up and die free than live on their knees under tyranny.
Many have trashed the anthem saying it has nothing to do with the freedom of America. They are wrong. They don't know history.. not the politically correct garbage that poses as history today, but the real deal.
Today, America is under internal assault from those who do not value liberty, freedom or the sovereignty of nations.
But here is the story that every American should be more than proud of. It says it all. It tells what it means to be an American, the greatest gift ever and should inspire all those who love liberty to follow in their footsteps.
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace [Jer. 6:14]. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry March, 1775