I love the words to this song. We all know them, but take a minute and really read them. Especially verse two.
O 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 starspangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'nrescued land
Praise the pow'r 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 starspangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Francis Scott Key
Rampart: 1.a) a mound of earth, rubble, or similar material raised around a place as a fortification. b) such a fortification together with a stone or earth parapet capping it. 2. anything serving as a bulwark or defense. Webster's College Dictionary 1992
Now folks, turn off that there computer and go hug your family and thank God that someone sat behind a rampart with bombs exploding around them so that YOU MAY BE FREE.
God Bless Our Soldiers, past, present and future.
God Bless America.
God Bless You.
While I refuse to wish anyone a Happy 4th of July, I whole heartedly wish all of my readers a Happy Independence Day. Remember the reason for the celebration folks.