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Abraham Lincoln Spirit of America Award



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Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, is considered one of America's greatest presidents. He safely led the country through some its darkest days -- those of the Civil War. When the fighting between the North and the South ended and the Union was preserved, Lincoln, a prolific writer, inspired and healed the nation through his words of comfort and wisdom, "...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Through word and deed, Lincoln gave to the nation a lifetime of service. "With malice toward none and charity for all" he gave of himself ultimately making the supreme sacrifice.

Through the Abraham Lincoln Spirit of America Award, the Thirteen-Fifty Foundation honors individuals who, like Abraham Lincoln, have demonstrated the spirit of America and their commitment to the nation through active, purposeful citizenship not only through deed, but also through word and unique artistry.

Francis Scott Key, What So Proudly We Hail Award



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Read complete lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner


It was during the evening of September 13, 1814, that Francis Scott Key, a lawyer, composed the national anthem of the United States of America, The Star-Spangled Banner.Traveling to Baltimore to obtain the release of a prisoner at Fort McHenry, Key was to find himself at the foot of a battle as the British began attacking the fort. Key waited and watched from a distance, having been detained on a ship in Baltimore harbor. Throughout the night the battle raged and as the morning light of dawn rose up, Key was inspired at the sight of the American flag, still waving, standing strong over the battered fort. It was then he penned the lyrics which eventually became the national anthem of the United States of America...

O! say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming...

The Francis Scott Key, What So Proudly We Hail Award recognizes and honors individuals who have raised the American flag in times of hardship, commemoration and/or celebration leaving a lasting impression and a timeless visual image in the hearts and minds of Americans and people all over the world. The award also recognizes and honors individuals who through their actions, have protected, respected and treasured the flag in the highest traditions of the American patriotic spirit.

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