Tuesday, July 3

Still Waving!

Okay. This idea came from Susan on her lovely site Between Naps on the Porch, one of my favorite sites. She used her wonderful tablesettings for this idea but I kinda stole , er, borrowed it from her...with her permission, of course. {{wink-wink}}

Still waving...

As the British launched the Battle of Baltimore at nearby Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key was detained by enemy troops on a ship eight miles out, watching the brutal battle and waiting. Though it was raining and the firing created a lot of smoke, Key saw the “rocket’s red glare” and “the bombs bursting in air.”

All through the harrowing night, anxiety filled all the people, as they nervously waited the answer to one question: who won?

It was only at dawn’s early light that Key saw the red, white, and blue, the star-spangled banner, flying high over Fort McHenry. And then, the words began to flow...

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 thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Oh! 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!

Still waving...

Happy Independence Day...from our home to yours...

3 Responses
  1. Brings tears to the eyes and a lump in the throat. And long may it wave over the land of free!

  2. Happy 4th of July, happy birthday too and happy anniversary to myself :)

  3. Happy 4th (now 5th) to you, too Lynn. Loved the table decorations. I'm all about things like that even if the 2 guys living with me would be happy to eat straight out of a pan...