Rioters in California tore down a statue of Francis Scott Key on Friday, which is just the latest instance of left-wing rioters destroying monuments and statues across the nation.
Key, an attorney and poet, wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is America’s national anthem.
The rioters tore down the statue in San Francisco on Juneteenth, “the day to celebrate the freeing of enslaved people over a century and a half ago,” NBC Bay Area reported.
Antifa topples statue of Francis Scott Key in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/Rp8kGM0VnC
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 20, 2020
On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the massive overnight British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. Key, an American lawyer, watched the siege while under detainment on a British ship and penned the famous words after observing with awe that Fort McHenry’s flag survived the 1,800-bomb assault.
After circulating as a handbill, the patriotic lyrics were published in a Baltimore newspaper on September 20, 1814. Key’s words were later set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a popular English song. Throughout the 19th century, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was regarded as the national anthem by most branches of the U.S. armed forces and other groups, but it was not until 1916, and the signing of an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson, that it was formally designated as such. In March 1931, Congress passed an act confirming Wilson’s presidential order, and on March 3 President Hoover signed it into law.
The rioters also destroyed a religious statue of Father Junipero Serra and former President Ulysses S. Grant.
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