Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Star-Spangled Tribute to The Forgotten Verses

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor


The Star-Spangled Banner


Oh, 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 rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, 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 through 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 in the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner!

Oh 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 washed out of their foul footsteps' pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave'

From the terror of flight and 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.



Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war's desolation!

Blest with victory 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,

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.


Words by: Francis Scott Key

Music by: John Stafford Smith
Adopted: 1931



 
"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

The final two word political testament of John Adams that he sent to the Selectmen of Quincy, Massachusetts in June 1826—“Independence Forever.”

God bless all the brave men and women who have served and are serving to defend our great nation and preserve the freedoms we hold so dear. Happy Independence Day, Happy 234th Birthday America! As Michelle Malkin states, "As an annual public service reminder of the reason for the season," here is the Declaration of Independence transcribed in its entirety via the National Archives.

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