'The Star Spangled Banner' turns 200 this weekend

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the U.S. National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner."

The anthem is based on a poem written by Francis Scott Key after witnessing 25 continuous hours of bombardment from British war ships in Baltimore Harbor.

During a proclamation signing for Constitution Week, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti said that the song "exemplifies the spirit of America and Old Glory and has endured the test of time.

"The Star Spangled Banner" was officially named the National Anthem of the country in 1931.

Signing of the U.S. Constitution

The Daughters of the American Revolution encourage organizations to ring bells on Wednesday, Sept. 17 to mark the signing of the U.S. Constitution 227 years ago.

Starting in May 1787, the debate on the wording of the document and the establishment of the three branches of government was debated. It was the Connecticut Compromise that proposed the two houses of Congress — one with proportional representation (the House of Representatives) and one with equal representation (the Senate) — which enabled the delegates to agree.

On Sept. 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed. At 4 p.m. when the delegates emerged from what is now known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia, all the bells rang to celebrate the signing of the Constitution.

Ringing of the bells

Ringing of the bells at 4 p.m. is encouraged, but any time Sept. 17 is fine, organizers said.

For more information on the local DAR chapter go to sarahriggshumphreysDAR.org.