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Today we celebrate Independence Day! Let’s celebrate with the National Anthem written by Francis Scott Key! This song became the national anthem by congressional resolution in 1931 signed by President Herbert Hoover. Without further ado…

The cover of the music sheet for The Star Spangled Banner

The cover of the music sheet for The Star Spangled Banner

O 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 through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ 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!

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, O! 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 washed 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.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved 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 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!

Have a wonderful day! Thank you for stopping by!

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Today here in the United States we set aside this day in memory of those who lost their lives in war. Now mind you, this is not to be confused with honoring veterans, which is celebrated on Veteran’s Day in November, which honors those who have served and are now discharged from our military. It seems that some in our media have confused the two, even including those still serving.

In loving memory to those who fell in battle and lost their lives, today we honor your memory!

My Uncle and his flight crew

My Uncle and his flight crew

My Uncle Jerry enlisted in the Air Force at the tender young age of 19. On December 25th 1944 my Grandparents received a telegram informing them that his plane was missing in action. One year later, they were notified that his plane was shot down over Hungary. German records had recorded the event. Only one survived and it was not my Uncle.

To all those who lost their lives in the military service for our country, we honor you today.In Memory of those who lost their lives serving our country

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Did you know that Lindsay Lohan won the annual trophy in 2010 for being the biggest whiner? The day, December 26th, was founded by Reverend Kevin Zaborney in hopes that people would be happy for what they have rather than what they don’t.

Consider celebrating the day by sending out invitations for a “Whine and Geez” party and ask your guests to bring their best one-whiners!’ Suggested Hors d’oeuvres: Boone’s Farm Wine and Cheese Whiz. Can’t you just hear them whining now?

Now, go ahead and make my day! Give me your best whine!

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