When American forces raised a huge American flag to celebrate a victory over British forces during the war of 1812 on September 14, 1814 the sight of those broad stripes and bright stars inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually would become the United States national anthem.

The complete Star-Spangled Banner lyrics

The Star-Spangled Banner history quiz

Star Spangled Field Trips (video, online)

YouTube - The Movie at the Visitor's Center, Fort McHenry

The Flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner (interactive)

Whitney Houston sings The Star Spangled Banner

The War of 1812 for Kids - Games, Interactive

Patriotic Symbols Games

American History Games