What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's 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'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
- For those who gave their lives to preserve this nation and our freedom, and continue fighting that battle today.
- For those who fight the daily battle providing food for our ever growing nation: America's heartland, the farms and ranches of the West, and the plentiful farms of the West Coast.
- For those who fight the battle every day educating our nation to the true history of our founding.
- For the Founding Fathers who gave of their of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to present to the American people the U.S. Constitution, a republic form of government that would protect our freedoms if we but upheld it.
- For those who fled Europe and the Balkans in search of religion freedom, for these are they who planted the seeds that birthed a nation.
This version of The Star Spangled Banner is of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. President George W. Bush and Gov. Mitt Romney stand with their hands on their hearts as this stunning rendition is sung by America's choir.
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved by Candace E. Salima.