May 29, 2012: O Say Can You See?

~ by Mary Galvano

‘Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven 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.”’

For those who are not familiar with our National Anthem, these are the words from the last verse. Most Americans do not realize that there is more than one verse. In fact, there are a total of four along with additional Civil War period lyrics. It is the 4th verse that inspires me the most.

Our National Anthem, if sung all the way through, tells a story of hardship, loyalty, faith and victory through a just cause and most importantly trusting in God the Almighty. This is what the United States of America was founded on. Our country has seen many trials over the years, yet she has gotten through them all by the grace of God and through our brave men and women of the military who have helped preserve our country to the high standards we hold so dear. As a nation we stand firm in helping others throughout the world. We are not of the world, but we are for the world and preserving all that is good.

On this Memorial Day and throughout the week, take time to remember and prayer for our country and all who have laid down their lives for her. Stop to give thanks to the brave men and women in uniform when you see them. Foremost, thank God, the true founder of our country and the creator of our beautiful land, for the freedom that has been given to us through the sacrifices of our countrymen. In God may we always trust, and may God bless America!

Happy Memorial Day!

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER


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, 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 star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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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 on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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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 wiped out their foul footstep’s 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.
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Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-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!

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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