Monday, July 04, 2011
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Written by Francis Scott Key, 1779 - 1843
Written during the War of 1812,from the deck of a truce ship as Key watched the British attack on the harbor of Baltimore.
O 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, THRU 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 THRU 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?
O THUS BE IT EVER, WHEN FREE MEN SHALL STAND BETWEEN THEIR LOVED 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 PRESERVED US A NATION! THEN CONQUER WE MUST, WHEN OUR CAUSE IT 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!
HAPPY 4th of JULY!! Celebrate our great nation with pride. And do not forget the blood that was shed by those who bravely fought for the freedoms we enjoy. Thank you to all of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. May we always be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!