Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Birthday, America!

Today the United States of America is 231 years old.
Happy Birthday!!!

I pledge allegiance
to the flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one nation,
under God,
with liberty and justice for all.

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Flag

The Manuscript

The Story

The Lyrics:

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, half conceals, half 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, 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!


English Rose said...

Happy Birthday to the United States of America, I may come and live there lol with everything that is happening in England. Do you think they'd have me ?
take care x

Highest Infidelity said...

Great post YD! Glad to see you're back.

I was out a little too.

Hey Rose we'd be happy to have you!

WomanHonorThyself said...

what a nice post bro!!!
Happy Fourth to u too!

Urban Infidel said...

Hope you had a nice Independence Day, YD.

I wish they would bring back the Pledge of Allegiance to schools.