A Thankful Nation (the origins of the Star Spangled Banner)

Holiday, monuments and memorials exist not necessarily to wholeheartedly endorse everything that happened in the past but they stand both as a reminder of what we have come through as a people as a nation. They impress upon on the importance of not repeating the mistakes of the past and being thankful for the freedoms that we have today. With all the controversy surrounding the Star Spangled banner (Our National Anthem) it would be good to understand its origins.