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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Our Flag is Still There

Our Flag is Still There

Star Spangled BannerDuring the 1960s the children of mischief were burning our flags and stomping on them in the streets. Once again, mobs are exclaiming that they have the right of protest. And they do it by seizing television time that they did not pay for, where there is a full audience, such as an NFL event. In other words, while being paid to play a sport, they seize "our right, our time, our paid ticket" to express their opinion. This is America, folks, not Cuba or Russia. All should remember when George Washington and his troops crossed an icy Delaware river and fought an impossible battle. In fact, all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, spent their fortunes to secure this country. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the National Anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from the poem called Defence of Fort Henry, written on September 14, 1814, by an amateur poet, Francis Scott Key. Key had just witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor (Battle of Baltimore) during the War of 1812. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. It was declared the National Anthem by a congressional resolution dated March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. S301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

The Star Spangle Banner by Francis Scott Key from a manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society Collection

O 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 through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bomb 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 wash'd out their foul footstep's 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 home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd 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.

 Dougherty County GA Genealogy Records

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