Sunday, April 19, 2015
The Star Spangled Banner
Okay, so you know the words; you hear it or sing it at sports events BUT do you really know what it means?
This is a story every American should hear. It's the story of how our national anthem came to be. It's only about twelve minutes long but I'm sure you will find it worthy of your time. Save this so you can review it from time to time. Play it often for your children and grandchildren.
And there is more than one verse.
In this video clip, a retired Marine veteran sings a very touching and heart-felt "second" verse (which is really the fourth verse).
Here is the full text as written by Francis Scott Key:
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
After you listen to the story of this great anthem, you might want to listen to one of the greatest renditions of this song ever, performed by Sandi Patty.
In this stunning version, she sings a new verse that has recently been penned by Claire Cloninger.
In Obama's new Amerika, there is a lot of chatter about changing our national anthem. "It's too hard to sing," they say. "Not many people have a sufficient vocal range for it," they say. "The words are archaic and unrelatable," they say.
If you are inclined to agree, these short videos might change your mind. The Star-Spangled Banner is the right anthem for our freedom-loving constitutional republic.