Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 3, 2010
Wishes for a Independence Day full of freedom, family & (good) food and Happy 27th Birthday to my oldest, Jacob (my little firecracker)! Be safe!


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!

12 comments:

  1. Karen said...:

    Wonderful posting... and a Happy Birthday to your son!
    I know you are going to have a great weekend.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  1. This is a lovely post. Where did you find the image of the flag? May I borrow that? I'd like to post it on my Facebook page. Have a very Happy 4th of July. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Annesphamily said...:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet son! I love this post! I love the song! I love America! God Bless you and yours today and always Love and Hugs from Colorado - Anne

  1. fiberdoodles said...:

    Happy 4th Gail and many birthday blessings to Jacob!

  1. Natasha said...:

    I hope your 4th of July weekend is wonderful! Best wishes from your Aussie friends!

    Blessings,
    Natasha.

  1. Happy fourth of July!!!!

  1. Kathy said...:

    Happy Fourth of July! God Bless YOU! I hope you have a blessed day. I appreciate when you stop by!
    I hope you come over Tuesday for my Victoria A Return to Loveliness Blog Party!
    Kathy

  1. Wonderful post, sweet blog !
    Diane

  1. Diann said...:

    Great post Gail! I hope your family had a wonderful holiday!

  1. MyJourneyBack said...:

    Oh great post and Happy Birthday to your baby. They are always our babies no matter how old. Hope you had a great day. Praying you have a Blessed Week,
    Sherry

  1. Hi Gail, hope your 4th was fun and blessed. Love your sweet post.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  1. Picket said...:

    Beautiful post sweetie..hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th...thanks so much for coming by and for the sweet comment...please come back again anytime...have a glorious week! ~Picket~

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