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Long May it Wave

Story ID:10578
Written by:Charles Dishno (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Dillon Montana USA
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Long May it Wave…
By Chuck Dishno
The week of our independence for 239 years…1776-2015

With all of the hype about the Rebel flag, I think it is time we took a good hard look at our own Star Spangled Banner. There is nothing wrong with being proud of the Rebel flag because it stood for a cause but we are all united now and it should never be flown over or even with our Star Spangled Banner. I have no problem with the southerners owning and displaying their flag. All this hooey about political correctness that some stores are showing by taking off the shelves the Rebel flag is just nuts.
Our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, is the only anthem in the world that begins with a question…”Oh say can you see…” and ends with a question… “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
With this in mind I invite you to read aloud the words of the four stanzas that Francis Scott Key wrote on September 14, 1814. We all know words and can sing them but take time to really read them and see if you don’t agree with me that it is the greatest poem of our time and worth fighting for. Let’s make sure that no one tries to change it after all the men and women who gave their lives to defend this wonderful tribute to our flag.

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 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 homes 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!

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis:
Always Vigilant, Always Brave, Faithful and Ready