DC National Guard celebrates annual 2015 Military Ball at the Armory Saturday evening

"A Star-Spangled Evening" highlights Francis Scott Key's writing of the national anthem

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The D.C. National Guard 2015 Military Ball will honor Francis Scott Key at the Armory Saturday, April 25. Key was a member of the D.C. Militia when he wrote what became our national anthem.

WASHINGTON, DC (04/24/2015)(readMedia)-- A descendant of Francis Scott Key will be a guest speaker at the annual 2015 Military Ball at the D.C. National Guard Armory Saturday, April 25. "A Star-Spangled Evening" is the theme of the event, which will honor the 200th anniversary of the writing of our national anthem.

The event is open to the media.

What: D.C. National Guard 2015 annual Military Ball "A Star-Spangled Evening"

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7 p.m.

Where: D.C. National Guard Armory

2001 E. Capital Street

Washington, D.C. 20003

Army National Guard Capt. Kyle Key is a descendant of Francis Scott Key, the author of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key was serving as a lieutenant in the D.C. Militia (now known as the National Guard) when he witnessed the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Capt. Key, who currently serves at the National Guard Bureau, is an honored guest of the D.C. National Guard and will speak during the ball.