Watch as the entire grocery section of the massive store burst into The Star Spangled Banner as flag-laden 4th of July shopping commences.
The incredible event took place on Independence Day yesterday and has quickly gone viral.
“WATCH: Customers in a store spontaneously started singing “The Star Spangled Banner” this 4th of July weekend,” posts CBS News to Twitter Monday.
Within, customers sing America’s national anthem into the echo-chamber that is this entire Wal-Mart grocery section. Above, American flags wave in the air conditioning alongside a row of Lone Star flags. Which means, of course, that this could’ve only taken place in one state: Texas!
Watch the remarkable event for yourself below, courtesy of CBS News‘ official Twitter account.
Texans Burst into ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in Wal-Mart
Just in case you need a refresher, the lyrics these superstore shoppers are reciting are as follows:
Say, can you seeThe Star Spangled Banner
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, yeah, streaming?And the rockets’ red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still thereO say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave
As history buffs will note, however, this is but one part of four rousing verses. The full song that would become America’s national anthem was originally penned by Francis Scott Key. At the time, Key was but a gifted amateur poet.
The now-famous poet wrote the lyrics on Sept. 14, 1814, as America was at war with Great Britain via the War of 1812. It would not be adopted as our national anthem until over a century later in 1931, when Congress decreed it so.
According to history, Francis Scott Key saw an American flag flying overhead at Fort McHenry. The vision came after a horrific bombardment during the war. It was then that Key would scribble the initial verse of The Star Spangled Banner on the back of a previous letter.
Once Key would make it back to Baltimore, the song’s remaining three verses would be completed. According to The Smithsonian, “A local printer issued the new song as a broadside. Shortly afterward, two Baltimore newspapers published it, and by mid-October it had appeared in at least seventeen other papers in cities up and down the East Coast.”
And the rest, as we know, is history. To read how the original Star Spangled Banner ends, look no further:
O thus be it ever when freemen shall standThe Star Spangled Banner
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d 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.