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September 6, 2012

A chance to showcase your talent: Our National Anthem

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Black Horse) is looking for five singers to audition in singing the National Anthem at this Year’s Hispanic Heritage Observance Ceremony, 10 a.m. on Sept. 19, at the Sandy Basin Community Center. Anyone interested should contact the Black Horse Equal Opportunity office at 760-985-4510 no later than Sept. 6. Auditions will be held at building 184 at 10 a.m., Sept. 10. This could be a great opportunity to not only showcase your talent, but support the installation’s Equal Opportunity program. Although, Only one Candidate will be selected, there will be additional opportunities in the near future.

Any additional questions should be directed to Sgt. 1st Class Darryl Avery, Equal Opportunity Advisor, 11 ACR at 760-985-4510.

On Sept. 14, 1814 a Washington attorney wrote a short poem on the back of an envelope after watching the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry, Md., during the War of 1812. Frances Scoot Key would later add three more verses and set the words to the music “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

According to the National Museum of American History, the “Star-Spangled Banner” would become one of the nation’s best-loved patriotic songs. During the Civil War, the song would gain additional significance to many Americans trying to express their patriotism.
It wasn’t until 1931 that the “Star-Spangled Banner” became the National Anthem of the United States.
Today only the first stanza is sung.

The Star-Spangled Banner:
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d 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,
O 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 full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s 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.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d 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.




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