I love our countries national anthem. It always brings the picture to my mind of Francis Scott Key waiting through what must have been a weary, frightful night to see "if our flag was still there." I have found that story thrilling since childhood. It also reminds me of all those who gave their lives to secure our freedom and our future. I am truly thankful to those people and their families for that sacrifice.
In a day when some (even in high offices) feel no need to put their hands over their hearts when our flag is raised, I do it with great pride in my heart. When a great crowd of people gather to hear our anthem, or sing it as we will this Sunday during our church's God and Country service, it never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Writing about it now has done just that.
Our flag stands for freedom, the right to choose your religion and way of life.
One nation under God. Indivisible. With Liberty and Justice for all.
Today will be filled with many activities for us. But I wanted to take time in this moment to say:
I'm proud to be an American.
May God forever bless our great Country.