Leaves on this Family Tree

Monday, May 30, 2011

Today We Remember





We remember those who served.
Some came home,
(Thank you God 
for bringing Dad 
and the husband
home alive.) 
and some rest 
where they fell.


Do you know all the verses
to The Star Spangled Banner?
If not,
I have posted the
1st and 4th stanzas. 
 These 2,
of the 4 written
are my favorites.
To me,
they say it all.

If you are in the US,
  and celebrating
this day off of work,
while you are celebrating,
offer up a toast 

to remember those
who have given their all
 so that we may enjoy
the freedoms
they fought for.


The Star Spangled Banner
By Francis Scott Key 1814

 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
  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!



 Another song that,
when I hear it,
I just have to throw my head back
and sing,
at the top of my lungs.
The story it tells
is the story of my country. 

America the Beautiful
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!
 

Signed,
Have a Safe and Sacred Memorial Day 

2 comments:

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