As I am sure you are aware, this is the City of Jackson's Bicentennial. We have been having celebrations all year long, and I (along with many others) have been doing a lot of historical research on our town. I came across a little tidbit recently that I want to pass on. Francis Scott Key witnessed how an American flag flying over Fort McHenry withstood a night of British bombing during the War of 1812. This inspired him to write a poem. In September, 1814, he wrote "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner," our national anthem. Both the City of Jackson and the words for our national anthem share 200 years of history.