Fourth of July – Star Spangled Banner

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Fourth of July - Proud to be an American!

I am so proud to be an American.

I never take that fact for granted.

Maybe it comes from being raised in the military, having a grandfather who came from Greece and had to  earn his citizenship or having lived in other countries. I don’t know but they all make me appreciate this country so much and I do love it.

This Fourth I hope we all remember what a great heritage we have been given and the lives which have been laid down for our freedom. 

I know most of you will probably hear our Star Spangled Banner played some time this weekend and instead of wishing it would hurry and end so you can sit down and watch the fireworks, pause and really think about why that song is our national anthem.

It was the war of 1812. The White House and Capitol had been already burned down. Francis Scott Key was detained on a British ship watching the attack of Fort McHenry. During the morning a heavy rain was falling but he could still see the flag flying over the fort.

Towards evening the battle became heavier and heavier then in the night the fighting ceased. In the dark and through the heavy rain they strained to see if the the flag was still waving, meaning we had won.

Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s gleaming

Slowly at dawn as the sun broke through and the clouds cleared they could see our flag proudly and bravely flying. Can you imagine the great joy and pride they felt at that moment which led him to write these next words?

Tis the star- spangled banner – O long may it wave.

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

There is a reason we stand when our flag goes by and our national anthem is played. It is so we can take a moment to remember and to pay respect to all that has been lost and given for our freedom. Don’t take it for granted.


Note from Tawra: GO OUT, BUY A FLAG AND FLY IT!!


photo by: pmillera4



  1. says

    It is Canada Day here today.
    Like you I love my country.
    It is great that neighbours can get along well.
    Fireworks tonight festivals going on all across the country.
    Everyone should celebrate their country and the good people living there.
    My great grandfather came from Ireland and started farming. The farm is still owned by my uncle and part of the large house is the one room log cabin my great grandfather built with his own hands.
    My great great grandmother was a United Empire Loyalist and came to Canada with her children and husband. The house they built is still standing in Southern Ontario.
    I am happy that they came here and made a life for their family that continues to this day.
    My husbands family came here as fur traders and trappers and married into the native population. He is quite proud of the native blood in him and we have taught our sons to be proud of the diversity in their family.
    So happy 4th of July to all here and Happy Canada Day to the other Canadians on this site.
    We both have great countries with all the quirks that we both embrace.

  2. Bea says

    I’m at work, Jill, and you are making me cry. I’m trying not to have my mascara smear. It’so true that we owe our freedom to all the sacrifices of others, and we need to be grateful and appreciate their sacrifices. Just last weekend I was reading a book about a roadtrip that Allistar Cook took around our Country, right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, so he could see what it would mean to Americans, now that they were in war. He would go to restaurants and there would be signs like, “Regret”, out of Coca Cola, for our soldiers.” Also,they would ask people to only have one cup of coffee to conserve it for the war effort. There were so many ways people had to sacrifice to help our soldiers and our Country and we can’t forget any of it. The book had me deep in thought about what freedom and protection means to America.

    • says

      I know what you mean Bea. Freedom takes sacrifice and it breaks my heart when I see so many people “enslaved” by their debt. They aren’t willing to sacrifice even a cup of coffee, leather handbag or electronic toy to gain their freedom from debt. Makes me wonder what would happen if this generation had to go through something like WWII. I have to believe that when push comes to shove they would rally and there are many who want things differently. Through the website I see lots of people who are really trying thank goodness and am so glad to see many working hard to change things.

  3. Bea says

    You are so right, Jill. I think that if a person went into a restaurant today, and they had a sign that the restaurant was out of a popular product, or said you may only have one cup of coffee due to sacrificing for our Country many people would start a riot, or start using the infamous profanity I hear all the time. Times have changed, and many people don’t know how to sacrifice in any area of their lives. Just yesterday there was an article in our local paper about this new electronic gadget that came out, and how people were sleeping on sidewalks waiting to get it. How materialistic and gadget dependant is that? I fear for our Country sometimes and what’s happening to our values.

  4. Kim says

    I wish I could fly a flag, but it’s against the rules of the apartment complex where I live. I think every house / apartment should have one.

  5. Su says

    You always do a great job and I am grateful for the kind words you continue to post. Gives me hope that I’m not the only one in today’s world with Christian/Patriotic beliefs.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful day.
    P.S. Let’s also remember the firefighters working on the Wildfires across the states :)

  6. Carol says

    Happy 4th of July to all. Our lives become so busy and we become torn between what we should do and what we have to do that time sometimes slips away. The newer generation has forsaken tradition and family for cell phones and video games. If our country doesn’t wake up soon and make some changes, we won’t be a free country anymore. We need to remember why our forefathers risked their lives, in some cases, to flee to this country. Why they and their sons fought to keep the freedom they so loved and cherished. Take time tomorrow to honor the country and the flag that still waves over the very best country in the world. God Bless America!

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