A commentary in the July 3 Parade magazine suggested we should consider replacing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with "America the Beautiful" because our national anthem relates to war and "a long-forgotten naval battle in the war of 1812."
"America the Beautiful" mentions beautiful things and places and is easy to sing; performers will not forget the words. But without our victory in the War of 1812, we would be like Canada, where new citizens pledge allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.
When the people of Baltimore saw our flag over Fort McHenry through the "rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air," they knew we were still free.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" not only celebrates our existence as a country, but also recognizes our flag as a proud symbol of the United States of Ameria. Other countries have beautiful things and places, but only we have "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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