Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

The Star Spangled Banner
Composed by Francis Scott Key

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?

Francis Scott Key composed the national anthem when he was aboard a ship as British troops were invading Fort McHenry. At the fort, the American flag was still standing, swaying beautifully in the breeze, and that prompted Francis Scott Key to compose this beautiful song.

Our troops have fought wearily and persevered through thick and thin in defense of this country that they so love. Honor them today and give them thanks for the excellent job that they have done. Whether you are for the war in Iraq or not, our troops deserve our utmost gratitude and thankfulness. Freedom is not free and that has been proven through the many countless battles our troops have fought to preserve our freedom. THANK YOU MEN AND WOMEN FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY FAITHFULLY AND GRACIOUSLY.



Bethany said...

That's beautiful Joshua! I can't sing that national anthem without thinking of Francis Scott Key writing it. We listened to a great animated tape on the writing of the national anthem and now that's all I can think of.

Thanks for posting that!

Joshua said...

Of course Bethany! I was glad to be able to post this as well. I wonder what was going through Francis Scott Key's mind when the American flag was still standing at Fort McHenry. I bet that was a beautiful sight. Thanks for the comment. :)

In Christ,
Joshua :)