The US national anthem is called “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry” – a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.
The United States of America’s National Anthem has four verses, of which all four verses conclude with the same line: “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”.
The Pledge of Allegiance was authored by Francis Bellamy in 1892. These glorify the national pride and mark historical significance of the American dream of independent state.
The United States of America’s National Anthem Lyrics
Oh, 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 bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vuntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Bless with victory and peace, may the heav’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”:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Video of USA National Anthem
United States of America’s National Symbols and Meaning
#1. The National Flag
The Flag of the United States which also is referred as the “American flag” is the USA national flag which consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternate with rows of five stars.
About the Star in US Flag:
The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America.
About the Stripes in the US Flag:
The 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the U.S.
However, the flag is Nicknamed as:
- The Stars and Stripes,
- Old Glory,
- The Star-Spangled Banner.
#2. The National Seal
The seal is called “Great Seal of the United States”. This Great Seal of the United States are often used for authentication of certain important documents (such as United States passports, military insignia, embassy placards, and various flags) been issued by the U.S.A. federal government.
#3. The National Bird
The bald eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America which appears on its seal. A large brown bird, with white head and a sharp pointing beak is the Bald eagle. It was adopted as the national bird of the country for its association with the calibers of authority, strength, beauty, long life, and as an apt symbol of governmental power. It is both the national animal and the national bird of the United States. Its high flight in the sky symbolizes the might and power of the nation. It appears on the nation’s emblem.
#4. Uncle Sam
The “Uncle Sam” which symbolizes the U.S Government, is portrayed as an old, bearded man wearing a top hat, and his clothes resemble the national flag. Uncle Sam’s caricature is seen to be used in many political cartoons and advertising.
#5. Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell symbolizes freedom witnessing the Independence Hall, Philadelphia. It weighs around 2000 pounds and is made of copper and tin. he following words inscribed on it give the message of liberty:
“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof…”
This Rose was declared to be the national flower in a ceremony held at the White House Rose Garden. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan’s signing of a resolution gave it the status officially.
#7. U.S. National Tree – Oak
The Oak tree was officially recognized as the national tree of the United States in 2004 after the President signed the historic bill passed by the Congress. For the Oak tree to be selected, there was over a four-month-long open voting process hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation.
National Motto Of The United State of America
The national Moto is “In God, We Trust”. It was adopted to be the motto of the United States in 1952 by a joint resolution of the Congress. It replaced the common but unofficial motto of ‘E pluribus unum’ (Latin for ‘one out of many’) that is inscribed on the great seal.
“In God, We Trust” also is the motto of the Republic of Nicaragua and the American state of Florida.