In the United States, we typically celebrate the 4th of July by having family gatherings, going to the lake, watching fireworks and engaging in numerous other outdoor activities. On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom. However, observing Independence Day only became common after the War of 1812. Without the 56 signers to one of our nation's most important documents, I could not fathom where our country would be today.
Independence Day is an important holiday to celebrate as it symbolizes our countries unity and patriotism. As we enjoy our gatherings today stop and remember the words from our national anthem.
Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
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?
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! Oh 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!
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!
Author:Tanya Gorman Phone: 408-316-3512 Dated: July 4th 2013 Views: 508 About Tanya: ...
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