Op-Ed by Smitty Dize
Note: On September 15, 1814, Georgetown lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key, was held overnight as a prisoner aboard HMS Tonnant in Baltimore Harbor, and observes with trepidation the all-night British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Not knowing the outcome of the American defense from the British assault, he waits on deck, and as the dawn breaks, the 15-star flag of the United States remains aloft over the fort. He scratches down a few notes, and after returning home, completes a four-stanza poem called The Defense of Fort McHenry, set to the tune of a popular English drinking song. We know it, of course, as the Star Spangled Banner, our beautiful and somewhat difficult to sing national anthem.
I generally try to stay away from these kinds of things, but the defacement of the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore made me want to say something, and put the record straight on Key. The statue was splashed with paint and “Racist Anthem” was written on the base. In reality, this was a man that was sent out to the British Ships to try to arrange a prisoner swap, once he arrived it was agreed a prisoner for a prisoner. The captain of the ship stated that it really wouldn’t matter because the British fleet was headed their way to decimate Fort McHenry and kept him on the boat. As the evening wore on the ships started to come in, all night they sent cannon shot after cannon shot on the Fort. The next day at dawn He paddled ashore and when he arrived at Fort McHenry the battered flag still stood, it was propped up with dead soldiers. When it started to fall a soldier held it up and was killed and so on and so on. These where Americans being attacked on our soil and they did not let the flag hit the ground.
I know it’s our right to sit, kneel, keep your hat on or anything else you want to do. But good god show respect to our country and the people that have died to protect it. I hope and pray no country comes at us full fledge because all you kneelers, protesters, and entitled people will probably go running.