Reacquaint Yourself With The Star-Spangled Banner This July 4th.

Greg Albaugh- Citizens Journal Contributor

Today is the day that we celebrate American independence from Britain. The house will be decorated in red, white, and blue and friends and family will congregate. Barbeque and cold beer are staples of this holiday.

There are a lot of extraneous noise in America today. Recently, Olympic athletes’ disrespect the flag and threaten to burn it on the podium. We are becoming a nation of spoiled children who know they will not get spanked for throwing a tantrum in public.  

We need to renew the honor and respect that the stars and stripes deserve.  Please take 12 minutes of your holiday to watch the video below about the origin of the national anthem by Francis Scott Key.


There have been some differences over the lyrics, especially the third verse, but the commonly accepted words are:

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?

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William Hicks

Who could say more than “Amen?”