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Did you know about this forgotten verse to the “Star-spangled Banner”?

 (Picture: this is the flag on my front porch!)

“O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand;

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land;

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d 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.”

I am proud to be a Catholic American! I display our flag proudly and I am ever so grateful for my US passport so I can always come back home.

Also, read this wonderful article about our country and our flag

It starts out —

“For all the pomp and circumstance of its presentation, there is something admirably humble about America’s national anthem.

Britain’s anthem is cartoonish, with its repeated entreaties to “save” an already-well-secured monarch and its insistence that God is destined to “scatter” the “knavish” enemies of the crown. France’s anthem is utopian, with all those references to the “child of the fatherland,” the “day of glory,” and the prospect of “impure blood” watering the fields.

But America’s? America’s has about it that quality of the unknown. From the outset, it poses questions. “O say, can you see?” it inquires. “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave / O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

“Eventually — when the “rocket’s red glare” gives “proof through the night that our flag was still there” — the answer is “Yes,” and yet, implicit in the inquiry is the notion that if things had gone a little differently, the flag and all that it represents might well have ended up in tatters…”  Finish HERE


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  1. Paula Loepfe

    Amen! Thank you for sharing this. This should be sung in our churches! Oh wait, we can’t…they’re closed.

  2. Bill912

    In the movie “Since You Went Away” (about a year in the life of a family during WWII), Lionel Barrymore, doing a cameo as a minister, recites that verse of The Star-Spangled Banner during a sermon.

    It’s also a terrific movie. (That’s my SDG impression).

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