The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner

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I had the great opportunity to participate in “Millennial Choirs and Orchestras”(MCO) this past semester as they practiced and performed a patriotic performance called “To Be American”. “America the Beautiful”, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, and other American classics were sung but one of my favorites was “The Star Spangled Banner”. I have always loved this song and the history behind its haunting and nostalgic words. So often we sing this song at ball games. It seems to be a happy tune, one that brings courage and hope of a bright future and as we finish the song with “O’er the land, and of the free, and the home of the brave?, we say let the games begin and move on with our lives, forgetting that that last phrase… is a question.

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”Brett Stuart, one of the founders of MCO recreat ed this song to be minor and eerie, because at that moment these words were recorded by Francis Scott Key, it was no baseball game. Francis Scott Key was actually on a rebel ship as he penned these words. He stayed up all night and watched as Fort McHenry was bombarded by British ships, always watching and waiting to see if the American Flag was still fling. If he could see that the Star Spangled Banner was still there he knew the Americans would have won. Read the words of this beautiful song and remember that it is asking a question. It is as if our ancestors are calling out to us, “Will this be the land of the free, and home of the brave?”

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 wash’d 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!

As you think about the American Flag, remember what it symbolizes. It’s not just a couple of colors and shapes thrown together. Every feature of this banner represents something.

This song was written by Brett Stuart

Profile of a Flag
Star, emblem, of heavens distant vast,
The goal aspired by man from immemorial epochs past.
Stripe, symbol, of searing rays of light,
Emanating from the sun’s sustaining sovereign life.
Blue, vigilance, perseverance, justice, truth.
Resolve of a people who democracy pursue.
White purity innocence comfort light,
The peace of a nation fearing God defending right.
Red, hardiness, valor, prowess, head.
Courage of the fallen and their blood devoutly shed.
STAR.
STRIPE.
BLUE.
WHITE.
RED.

About the author:

I am a 16 year old girl that has a thirst for knowledge, a yearning to become better, and a burning testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I love my family, and I try every day to be an example of the believers. I don't always succeed, but I know that every day makes a difference. I want to help other young women come to know how precious they are to Heavenly Father and to become happy with who they are and familiar with there life mission.

1 Comment

  1. Charisa  - June 16, 2014 - 11:09 am
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    This was absolutely beautiful and made we me more inspired to be a better American. Especially since I represent myself as an American here in Stuttgart Germany. It makes me so proud to be American!! 🙂 

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