Constitution Center honors fallen heroes with program on national anthem

Hadas Kuznits
May 25, 2019 - 12:16 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- What better time is there to examine the history of the country's national anthem than Memorial Day weekend? 

The tune of the Star-Spangled Banner was borrowed from another colonial-era song.

"It was called 'To Anacreon in Heaven or The Anacreontic Song,'" said Brian Krisch, Senior Museum Educator with the National Constitution Center. "A gentleman's club society of musicians in London, it was sort of their official song."

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This Memorial Day weekend, Krisch says the museum is conducting a special program about the history of the national anthem, written by Francis Scott Key.

"It was written in 1814 initially as a poem, called 'Defense of Fort McHenry.' By the end of the year it had been set to music," Krisch explained. "However, it is not until 1931, 117 years later, that it is actually voted on by Congress as the official national anthem of the United States and signed into law by President Hoover."

And the national athem show is just one of several programs that will pay tribute to America's fallen military heroes this Memorial Day weekend.