National Anthem Debate

When Francis Scott Key wrote the poem The Defence of Fort McHenry, it was the American flag flying high above the bombarded fort that was his inspiration.

Little did the amateur poet know that those words would be used to create “The Star Spangled Banner”, a song that would eventually be recognized as the National Anthem of the United States of America.

“Because the military had already adopted that song, it became the logical choice for being adopted as a whole as the official National Anthem for the country,” said Chairman of the History Department at Benedictine University Vincent Gaddis.

However, in recent years some Americans have raised their voices in support of changing the anthem to other patriotic songs such as “America the Beautiful” or “God Bless America”. They argue that those lyrics better embody how our country should be represented to the rest of the world.

“I think it would be nice if we change it to “God Bless America” because it’s more apropos I believe,” said Naperville resident Dee Stauss. “And it’s easier to remember the words.”

“I think “God Bless America” should be our National Anthem,” said Naperville resident and Army Veteran John Provenzno.

These people are still in the minority. A survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by the Rasmussen Reports showed that 82 percent of adults oppose the change.

“I feel like the song holds so much meaning because you grow up learning it,” said Naperville resident Bill Morenus. “Something just doesn’t seem right about changing it now.”

No official plans to change the anthem have been proposed, but that doesn’t mean Americans can’t continue to voice their support for other songs, because as the “Star Spangled Banner States”, this is the land of the free.


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