Sunday, July 4, 2010

Home of the Brave!

I love my country. I love its history. I love that men and women fought to make this country what they believed it should be. I love that there were and are brave individuals who are willing to sacrifice all they have to make America what it is.

A free nation.

I like to think that if I had been alive during the American Revolution, I would have been one of those women that hid rifles under her skirt or smuggled gun powder in a wheat barrel... I like to think I would have helped the cause. Thankfully, there were people who did just that. It was smallish acts of dedication and bravery that created this country. I am so grateful for that!

America is still MY country. And I love it!

HAPPY JULY 4th!!!!!

For fun, here are the lyrics to our National Anthem... try dissecting the words. Meaningful stuff.


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Star-Spangled Banner
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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 through 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 through 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 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, 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 washed 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 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![12]

2 comments:

Boy Mom said...

The last verse has always been my favorite. May we have the courage to preserve what they began.

Beth said...

Nice post Kathy.. I tear up still when I hear the Anthem...and lots of other patriotic songs...I love this country and what it has to offer all of us.

Have an awesome day!