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Ed Hynes’ Lecture on The Writing of the Star-Spangled Banner

Learn how during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key and two other Americans were detained on British war ships in Baltimore Harbor while they ferociously bombarded Ft. McHenry. What circumstances conspired to have the captives use the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air to give them proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Star-Spangled Banner presentation

Hear about how during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key and two other Americans were detained on British war ships in Baltimore Harbor while they ferociously bombarded Ft. McHenry. What circumstances conspired to have the captives use the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air to give them proof through the night that our flag was still there.  When the British stopped firing around 3 am the Americans didn’t know why – had Ft. McHenry surrendered? Finally, as the sun starts to rise, Key asks “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

This program was co-presented with Ridgefield Library.

Head shot of Ed Hynes, CFA
Ed Hynes, CFA

Ed Hynes, CFA was born and raised in Wilton, CT.  He attended Wilton High School and currently lives in Norwalk.

He and his wife are fascinated by history and have visited many important battlefields both here and abroad.

Ed graduated from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. with a B.A. in political science.  He subsequently spent most of his career in financial services.  As an equity analyst, institutional salesperson and trader he worked with some of the premier investment banking firms in many of the world’s leading financial centers including New York, Tokyo, London, Chicago and San Francisco.  In 2001 Ed became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is currently a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Westport, CT.

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