Pentatonix Sings Moving Rendition Of U.S. National Anthem At Lake Tahoe

After the arrival of the Bruins and Flyers for Sunday’s Opening Ceremony, Navy Federal Credit Union invited three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix to sing the national anthem.

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‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is the national anthem of the United States, the lyrics come from the “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, written on September 14, 1814, by lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

He wrote it after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Key was inspired by the large U.S. flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U.S. victory.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Pentatonix is an award winning a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying (baritone), Mitch Grassi (tenor), Kirstin Maldonado (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Olusola (vocal percussion), and Matt Sallee (bass).

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power 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![52]

The Star Spangled Banner has been written more than 200 years ago and still inspires patriotism in our hearts for our beloved country America. Every American heart beats for its country and has a strong sense of pride for the nation regardless of what is going on today.

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Daniel Butt

Great video, Very inspirational.(needs to go vital) God Bless you all!

Jean

God Bless!

Johnnie Iguess

Great voices, it was great to see none of the players knelt during the National Anthem.

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