At sports functions and public gatherings someone gets up in front of the crowd and sings a song.
It’s usually considered a statement.
I offer to you that it’s not a statement at all but, rather, a question. A question that we answer, daily, with our actions… our attitudes… our lives.
The song is, of course, The Star Spangled Banner. Our National Anthem.
On this week of her birth I considered what the words of that great song really mean to me:
Think about that the next time you sing it or hear it. Be thankful that the answer to that question is still a resounding “Yes!”
Here they are again. Forgive any misspelled words:
Oh, say… can you see,
by the dawn’s early light
what so proudly we hailed
at the twighlight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight
o’re 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.
Oh, say… does that star spangled banner yet wave…
o’re the land of the free… and the home of the brave?
Happy Birthday America!