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Martyn Cook Chairmam MHAS reads the citation on the Memorial

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A time to reflect..........................

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Each year we hold a Memorial/Remembrance service on Remembrance Day

It is always well attended and we have been lucky to have some one from LH there now for about 9 years. Stating with Lt Col Choate ( Now Col and Deputy Commander of the Unmanned Flight Squadron in Nevada right up to the present time with LT Col Mark Ciero. This all followed on from meeting Col snider at Dx at the reopening day of the American Museum.

we always sing the Star Spangled Banner as part of the ceremony, and I find it very difficult, but have you ever looked at the words or their origin

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Cover of sheet music for "The Star-Spangled Banner", transcribed for piano by Ch. Voss, Philadelphia: G. Andre & Co., 1862

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! 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 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 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![10]

[edit] Additional Civil War period lyrics

In indignation over the start of the Civil War, Oliver Wendell Holmes[11] added a fifth stanza to the song in 1861 and further appeared in song books of the era.[12]

When our land is illumined with liberty's smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.

 

I also have a WMV file explaining the meaning of the word and it makes good listening. I can email ti if you send me a pm with your email



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