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On March 3, 1931, The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as our national Anthem. Francis Scott Key wrote it more than one hundred years earlier, after watching the fierce Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Many know and appreciate the stirring words to the first verse of the Anthem, but few are familiar with its inspirational second verse:

O! thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation; Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n-rescued land Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; And this be our motto, "In God is our trust!" And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

It is because of this verse that courts allowed to stand the motto, "In God We Trust" on our nation's currency. Had it not been in the national anthem, the courts undoubtedly would have been forced to declare it an unlawful act of the government to promote religion.



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