Once upon a time, a rather average American sat in the hold of a British prison ship in Baltimore harbor. The War of 1812 wasn’t going all that well for our young nation. Francis Scott Key fretted through the long night — had the English bombardment forced Fort McHenry to surrender? Had they hauled down the Stars and Stripes?
He scrawled his thoughts on a piece of paper — straining to see through the dawn’s early light.
Here is Whitney Houston proclaiming what made his heart jump with joy: The flag was still there!