STAND UP AND SING FOR AMERICA!​

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG
SURELY YOU KNOW THE STORY BEHIND OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.  WE'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE YOU DO! 
THE TIME IS 1814 AND THE BRITISH ARE BACK AT US AGAIN.  A WEEK EARLIER, THEY HAD BURNED WASHINGTON D.C. AND WERE NOW PLANNING TO DESTROY BALTIMORE HARBOR AND FT. MCHENRY.  
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY, A YOUNG LAWYER, JOINED WITH ANOTHER AND WENT OUT TO NEGOTIATE THE RELEASE OF A FRIEND WHO THE BRITISH WERE HOLDING HOSTAGE ON ONE OF THEIR SHIPS.  IT'S AN ODD STORY REALLY, BECAUSE IN THE MIDST OF ALL THIS WARRING, THEY AGREED TO RELEASE HIM, BUT NOT UNTIL AFTER THEY HAD CARRIED OUT THEIR PLANS AGAINST FT. MCHENRY. 
IN ANGUISH, KEY AND HIS FRIENDS SPENT THE ENTIRE NIGHT WATCHING THE BOMBARDMENT OF THE FORT. HE WAS HELPLESS IN THE FACE OF IT AND WAITED ANXIOUSLY FOR THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT TO SEE IF THE AMERICAN FLAG WAS STILL FLYING -- WHICH FROM THE APPEARANCE, SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE.
LO AND BEHOLD, IT WAS SO!  HIS LOVE FOR HIS COUNTRY, CAUSED HIM TO WRITE THE FIRST VERSE OF A POEM - TO WHICH LATER WAS ADDED THREE MORE VERSES,  THESE CAME TO BE PUT WITH THE MELODY WHICH WE NOW KNOW AS OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.
NOW THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN THAT.  THE COMMANDER OF FT. MCHENRY HAD THE HUGE FLAG MADE JUST SO THE BRITISH COULD SEE IT FROM FAR AWAY SO THE BRITISH WOULD GET THE MESSAGE.  THE HUGE FLAG WAS HOISTED AFTER THE BOMBARDMENT IN PLACE OF A SMALLER, LIGHTER FLAG IN LIEU OF THE HEAVY RAINS THEY ALSO ENDURED THROUGH THE NIGHT. 

.​​FLAG DAY: JUNE 14, 2016


LET'S ALL "STAND TOGETHER" IN OUR VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND SING OUR HEART'S LOVE TO OUR FLAG AND OUR NATION (AND THE FREEDOM FOR ALL MANKIND THAT OUR FLAG REPRESENTS).


OUR WISH FOR YOU IS THAT YOU WILL MAKE THIS OCCASION A PRIORITY AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO DO THE SAME. 

THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY FOR FREEDOM AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF MANKIND.








PREPARE YE TO SING!
WE ASK THE QUESTION:  DO YOU READ ONLY ONE CHAPTER OF A BOOK TO FIND OUT ITS MESSAGE AND RECEIVE ITS GIFTS?  NAY! THEN, WHY DO WE SING ONLY ONE VERSE OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM?  THERE IS POWER!  HEALING! STRENGTH! AND RENEWAL IN ITS VERSES.  CHANGE YOUR WAYS!  FIND OUT WHAT THIS SONG HAS TO GIVE TO YOU AND TO OUR NATION.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

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, through 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 thro' 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 thro' the mist 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 on 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!


Oh thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation,
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven - rescued land,
Praise the Power that Hath Made and Preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause is just,
And this be our motto --"In God is our trust."
And the Star-Spangled Banner, in triumph does wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

Francis Scott Key

Melody by John Stafford Smith 


 MASS PATRIOTIC SINGING
Your Love is the key that sets america free!  
Raising Mankind * Protecting our Nation * Helping the World * for the good of all