The Star Spangled Banner. If you've ever gone to a sporting event, you're probably familiar with the song written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. Hopefully, you've sung it at other times, too.
Did you know the song has FOUR verses? We usually just sing the first, which to be sure, is a great verse. However, I think the fourth verse might just be the best...
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall standBetween their loved home and the war's desolation!Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued landPraise 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 waveO'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Praise the Power who has made and preserved our nation. Thanks to those freeman who have stood between our homes and the desolation of war. These are what we should be celebrating as we gather today.
Happy July 4th!