In Honor Of Our Country – And Her Flag!

Today, June 14, is Flag Day.  In her honor, a bit of music and a bit of history.

On September 14 it will be 203 years since the Battle of Baltimore, and the siege on Ft. McHenry.  At the famous battle, Francis Scott Key wrote the words that would become our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Star Spangled Banner

An American lawyer and poet, Francis Scott Key, was on a mercy mission for the release of Dr. William Beanes, a prisoner of the British. Key showed the British letters from wounded British officers praising the care they received from Dr. Beanes. The British agreed to release Beanes, but Key and Beanes were forced to stay with the British until the attack on Baltimore was over. Key watched the proceedings from a truce ship in the Patapsco River. On the morning of the 14th, Key saw the American flag waving above Fort McHenry. Inspired, he began jotting down verses on the back of a letter he was carrying. When Key reached Baltimore, his poem, titled “Defence of Fort McHenry”. was printed on pamphlets by the Baltimore American.

His sloop alone  in the bay, Francis Scott Key looked fearfully towards the shoreline.  A breeze began to move across the water’s surface and the smoke of battle began to shift ever so slightly to reveal patches of blue sky.  And then, in the distant blue there appeared new colors….red and white….brief glimpses of the two-feet wide stripes of the Star Spangled Banner. 

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Then a star appeared in the daytime sky, then another….then fifteen stars in the daytime.  What a welcomed site they were.  Mr. Key’s heart swelled with hope, and pride in the men who had so valiantly fought through the night to keep that flag flying.  Reaching into his pocket he withdrew an envelope and began to write his thoughts:

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,  O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,  Gave proof thro’ 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?

Ultimately, the British failed in capturing Baltimore.  The land attack failed and  Fort McHenry withstood the heavy British bombardment by sea.  The Battles of North Point and Baltimore had all but vanquished any hopes of British victory in the War of 1812.  With these battle victories, the War of 1812 had reached its turning point and  of victory over the British was imminent.

Fly your flag proudly today, and remember:

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d 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!

 

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10 Responses to In Honor Of Our Country – And Her Flag!

  1. czarowniczy says:

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    • Menagerie says:

      Thanks czar. I hummed along all the words, and took a moment to be grateful for the teachers I had in early grammar school who taught me this song, along with the star Spangled Banner, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Marines’ Hymn, and yep, even, given that I grew up in Tennessee, Dixie.

      As children, we loved this song best. Not only was it easier to sing than the National Anthem, but it was just full of energy and excitement.

      My grandson will be here soon. I’m going to play it for him.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    And a nod to Mary in the process…

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  3. Wooly Covfefe says:

    At the risk of repeating myself:

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  4. Wooly Covfefe says:

    I’m wearing this all day tomorrow.

    North River discontinued this one. Now they just like hotrods+flags and battleships and warplanes+flags, and other really cool patriotic button-ups.

    Bought this one eight years ago. I only wear it on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Cinco de Mayo. Very rarely.

    If anybody thinks they are good at finding things, find this. I don’t mean the shirt itself. I mean even pictures of it… Good luck to ya! If you find an image of it, other than this one, you have mad internet search skills. North River apparently deleted all references to the shirt on the entire internet. (Hold up. Checking the tag for a product number…)

    “AN 63720”

    Hmm. Lemme see…

    Nope.

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      A buddy of mine found that burnt guitar headstock in a firepit at a campground, where some drunk chick got frustrated and threw the nice Yamaha guitar in the firepit. The machines still work.

      I saw it, and demanded that he give it to me. That is some cool stuff. He did.

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  5. Wooly Covfefe says:

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