Celebrating the 4th of July each year is a wonderful time to reflect and cherish our independence in this land that we love. We have a rich and blessed heritage in this amazing free country.
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Today we want to share with you the story of our beautiful national anthem and a few thoughts from members of the Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company.
The Star Spangled Banner
On September 13, 1814, British warships fired shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor and pounded the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President’s house.
A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer, boarded the British flagship in the Chesapeake Bay in order to persuade the British to release a friend who had recently been arrested. Key’s tactics were successful. However, because he had gained knowledge of the impending attack on Baltimore, the British did not let him and his companions go. The Americans were allowed to return to their own vessel but the Britsh continued to guard them. On September 13, Mr. Key watched as Fort McHenry began being bombarded, eight miles away.
Key said this about the event, “It seemed as though mother earth had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone.” In the darkness of the night, Key saw red flares erupting in the night sky and he was certain the British would win. The hours passed slowly, but in the clearing smoke of “the dawn’s early light” on September 14, he saw the American flag—not the British Union Jack—flying over the fort, announcing an American victory!
After witnessing such a spectacular event, Key wrote his thoughts on paper while he was still on board the ship and set his words to the tune of a popular English song. Later, his brother-in-law, a commander of a militia at Fort McHenry, read Key’s and had it distributed under the name “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The Baltimore Patriot newspaper began to print it, and within weeks, Key’s poem, which had been named “The Star-Spangled Banner,” appeared in print across the country. Keys’s words have become an immortalized anthem that we proudly sing in celebration of that great victory won on a September night in 1814 and of the precious liberties we enjoy in this blessed nation.
Our Patriotic Sentiments
The 4th of July humbles me when I think of the patriots who risked theirs and their family’s lives and fortunes to win this country’s independence from tyranny. The day also reminds me of our brave men and women serving in theaters all across the planet to keep us free! With all the issues that we face, it is still the best place on earth to be!- Greg Jones
I have reflected a lot lately about what the state of our country must have been in 241 years ago. I have thought about the families that had come to America to create a new life for themselves. I have thought about the truly inspired men who gathered together and created the Declaration of Independence and I feel fortunate that they did this. In this day, I am not sure a document like this could have been created and fought for the way that document was. I am incredibly grateful for our founding fathers and for all those men and women who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much so I can enjoy my freedoms.- Gary Wolff
From all of us here at the Jones Real Estate Group Happy 4th of July and Thank You to those men and women who daily protect our freedom and liberities!