Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday America! Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to you!

I hope you have a wonderful day! Enjoy your family, friends, and whoever you are spending the day with!

Star Spangled Banner
The Defense of Fort McHenry
by Francis Scott Key
20 September 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, 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, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on 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 wiped out their foul footstep’s 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 homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Be safe, have fun!


  1. Happy 4th Elizabeth, from your British cousin!

  2. Hi Elizabeth...this always moves me to tears.....beautiful and how lucky we all are to live in this great country of ours! Enjoy your day:)

  3. Good morning dear friend!

    I hope you will enjoy a peaceful day with those you love. All is quiet here but very hot!!!

    MUCH LOVE! Anita

  4. Elizabeth one of the most wonderful songs of freedom in the entire world1

    Art by Karena


    Much love to you! I hope you are not having this heat wave that we are may put a kabosh on our outing today. I don't feel that great today and I may have over done the wallpaper removal the other day!


  6. Thank you for sharing all of the words to our National Anthem. I just love it and I love all of our patriotic songs. So wonderful to hear about your family traditions in the midwest. You've made me feel much more excited about the day! We are up at our cabin in the San Juan islands and will enjoy the local parade and lunch before heading back to the city for fireworks. Happy Fourth!


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