Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Day After...

I hadn't planned to blog today, but all the posts about the true meaning of Memorial Day led me to think about "the forgotten stanza" of our national anthem. Here are the words of the fourth stanza. I think they're appropriate for this week following Memorial Day...and every day.
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.


Patricia Bradley said...

Our pastor read to the congregation how the Star Spangled Banner came to be written this past Sunday and he read the whole poem. Beautiful! thank you for serving, Richard.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks for commenting, Patricia. Now we'll see how long the pro-American sentiment lasts after the long weekend.