Virgin Islands (USA

National Anthem

Virgin Island USA as a colony it adopts the anthem of United States. ¨The Star-Spangled Banner¨, the national anthem of United States, is recognized in the whole world. It was born in the early hours of september, 14 of 1814, after 25 hours of british bombing to fort McHenry, a military site at the gates of Baltimore port, in the atlantic coast. It was composed by Francis Scott Key, who was a lawyer and a poet, besides, he was a member of the army during the bombing. That day, Key began to compose a poem entitled ¨En Defensa del Fuerte McHenry¨, where he mentions the starry flag four times. Few days after the battle, the poem was printed into panphlets wich were spread allover the streets of Baltimore. When Key composed his poem, he had achieve great popularity in North America due to an old English song. Key composed the lyric according to the melody and rythm of the song. The composition was first sung in public on october, 19 of 1814, and eversince it´s been sung in parades, officials acts, in schools and even before sport events. On march, 31 of 1931, through a Resolution of the Congress signed by Herbert Hoover, the patriotic poem was declared national hymn. The Star Spangled Banner (The Defense of Fort McHenry) I Oh, 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 rockets' 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? II 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, now conceals, now discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on 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. III 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 wiped out their foul footstep's 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. IV Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

National Flora

Yellow Elder o Ginger Thomas, a yellow trumpet-shaped flower, also known as yellow cedar (Tacoma), was adopted as the National Flower in 1934.

National Animal

The yellow breast that stands out for its bright-yellow feathers was declared the National Bird in 1970.