On the 14 day of September 2015, Portsmouth’s then City Mayor, James D. Kalb, signed a Proclamation proclaiming September 14th as Portsmouth’s “Star-Spangled Banner Day.”
When the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 called for a day to observe the historical significance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter appealed to Mayor Kalb for a Proclamation.
In September of 1814, Francis Scott Key penned a poem that eventually became the National Anthem of the United States of America, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as he watched the American flag flying over Fort McHenry (signifying an American victory) during the War of 1812.
In 1918, Mrs. Reuben Ross Holloway, president of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, State of Maryland, led a campaign to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” the Nation’s official Anthem. Eventually, a bill passed in the House of Representatives on April 21, 1930, and in the Senate on March 3, 1931. President Herbert Hoover signed it into law that same day designating “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the United State’s National Anthem.
From the words of Jacque-Lynne Amann Schulman, President National Society, United States Daughters of 1812: “The Daughters of 1812 is a dynamic and patriotic membership dedicated to increasing the knowledge of the history of America’s Second War for Independence.” Each time we sing our National Anthem, in it’s official capacity, it is due to the efforts of the United States Daughters of 1812. Many people have no idea that the words, “and the rockets’ red glare, the Bombs Bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there…” are true events that occurred during the War of 1812.
Remember America’s Second War of Independence by celebrating the American Spirit. On behalf of the members of the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, N.S.U.S.D., Ohio Society, Chapter President Beth Normand encourages you to celebrate “Star-Spangled Banner Day” with us on Thursday, September 14th. Fly the American Flag!
(submitted by Beth Normand, President, Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter,
N.S.U.S.D. 1812, Ohio Society)