I have obviously been cleaning out my “draft posts” folder, stayed up too late, and just generally written too much (again).
Happy Memorial Day. Remember to thank our military for your freedoms today. The Founders wrote the words about the freedoms, but the military had to win them, and then defend them again in 1812.
Which, of course, gave us our National Anthem, written after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor in 1814. (Here are the first and fourth verses, the most commonly sung.)
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?
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved 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 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!