The anthem was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 as a poem. It was written to celebrate an account of him witnessing a battle during the War of 1812. The British had bombed Fort McHenry, yet the symbol of our country survived the attack and our nation survived the war. Mr. Key was impressed with the courageous resilience of the defenders of the country.The original poem had four verses. We only sing the first verse. The last verse includes: “O thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved homes and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land. Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just …”Over 200 years later, our country was attacked by a foreign power that sought to interfere with our electoral process, which is the foundation of our democracy. Yet the current government has failed to take any serious action to defend the nation against this attack and hold the attackers accountable or prevent future attacks. The president takes an oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”The national election process is prescribed in the Constitution. Therefore, as president, he has a sworn duty to protect and defend the electoral process. O Say can you See?Paul ZawistowskiBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Broadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fall Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAt the Super Bowl, thousands of proud Americans stood for the playing of the national anthem. How many of them knew the words? Half maybe? How many knew what the anthem is about? Even less.