My friends tease me because, yes, I admit it, the Star Spangled Banner brings tears to my eyes. Because every time I hear it, I picture Francis Scott Key, on that British Ship, watching Fort McHenry being bombed during the War of 1812. And that American flag, still flying above the fort, was a sign that we had won the battle.
I’m sure it’s fairly easy to listen to the national anthem and think about other things, like the hockey game or the fireworks, but not for me. I picture being on that ship, watching my country fight for its life, waiting to to see that flag still flying. (For the whole story click here.)
“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
Come on, shed a tear with me . . .