Do Not Fuck This Up

The Star Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key in his poem, “The Defence of Fort McHenry.” The poem was written in 1814, during the War of 1812 with Britain, as Key was sailing down Chesapeake Bay where he witnessed the Royal Navy bombard Fort McHenry. This poem became our National Anthem by Congressional action on 03 March 1931 (U.S.C. 36, Sect. 301). The first stanza, in bold white, is the portion used to honor our fine nation. On formal occasions, the fourth stanza is added. This poem, set ironically to a British song, was the source of “In God We Trust,” which appears on many Federal seals, stamps, and on our money.

The proper display of respect while the National Anthem is played is to face the flag and place one’s right hand over the heart, removing any headgear or hats if worn. Military, regardless of activity, stop and render a salute when played. In fact, twice each day on military installations while the flag is raised each morning and retired each night, we are required to pull over if necessary and render honors to the flag we defend. Recent legislation allows military not in uniform and retirees to render a salute if desired…

…which I do with pride.

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 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?

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 in the stream:

‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh 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 washed out their foul footsteps’ 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 home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n 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!

10 Responses to “Do Not Fuck This Up”

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  2. whiteladyinthehood Says:

    You’re awesome dude.

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  4. Chills, I have. Beautiful.

  5. Interesting fact, here is one I found interesting..Where the hell did the bold eagle come from and why the freedom eagle? Well as it was there they where shooting round bullets and stabbing at each other between the American colonist and the Red Coats, while in the midst of the battle one of the american soldiers heard a screeching sound, looked up and there it was the eagle. So he yelled out to his buddies “look at the eagle she wants the freedom! she´s with us!(but not with today´s american accent) And then in late 17th´s hundred they adopted it as part of the presidential seal. Stay frosty.

  6. Good words young man.
    My father was a Marine, joined after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was a drill instructor, went to Japan, exceptional marksmen and always saluted the flag.
    I always stand, hand over heart and feel immense pride in our flag.
    Thank you for your service.

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