This blog by our dedicated volunteer in Israel, Andee Goldman, originally appeared in the Times of Israel on September 15, 2016. It is reprinted here in full. To see the original post, please visit this link.
When Americans go to the polls to vote in November, their history should not be forgotten. The American national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key, after he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, flying triumphantly above the fort during the fight and victory.