Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Let freedom ring

The Star Spangled Banner
Composed by Francis Scott Key,
"In Defense of Fort McHenry", September 20, 1814
Congress proclaimed it the U.S. National Anthem in 1931

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' 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?

On the shore dimly seen thro' 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, half conceals, half 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!

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 wash'd out their foul footsteps' 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.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us as a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause 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!

Whatever you do, wherever you are, and whoever you are with, I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July as you celebrate our day of independence. Let those from around the world who wish to take this freedom from us know that FREEDOM WILL FOREVER REIGN IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE!

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At July 04, 2007 6:09 PM, Blogger Heather said...

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At July 04, 2007 6:09 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Happy Independence Day, MK!

At July 06, 2007 3:38 AM, Blogger jellyhead said...

I have always loved the American national anthem.... hope you had a great celebratory day!

At July 07, 2007 9:29 AM, Blogger Sandy said...

Hope you had a happy 4th of July. Our kitties are still skiddish about being outside at night because the neighbors are still bursting their bombs in the air.

At July 11, 2007 6:53 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

I'm glad you had such a happy celebration with family. Loved all the photos!
Our Community Choir did our patriotic concert last Sunday and it was wonderful. I so much enjoy singing patriotic music, especially the national anthem. It was a very emotional concert and we were lucky to have a very enthusiastic audience...full house!
We also had a fun picnic with family on the Fourth. Our son and his wife came with our little grandsons. Always lovely to have them with us :)
That pool of yours looks sparkly clean, and oh, so welcoming :) You've got a great pool guy!


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