Happy 4th of July

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and marked the day of American independence from Great Britain. Since then we’ve had to fight many battles to keep this nation the land of the free. Over 200 years ago our nation was in war, people were dying left and right for the freedom we so enjoy today. Had it not been for many brave men, America as we know it would not be.

On September 13, 1814 our nations national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key. Everytime it is played the hair on my arms perk up. I just can’t comprehend what those people did while the British were attacking Fort McHenry. A guy, Francis Scott Key, who was opposed to the war wrote some of the most powerful lyrics ever written about a nation — in what’s now our nations anthem.

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?

If that flag had fallen, our nation would have fallen, and all that is today would not be. Our troops, our founding fathers, they deserve all of our respect and admeration this 4th of July. Many, many parents lost their children in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), but they were proud. They fought until they died to create, to protect, to keep this nation from the oppression it had left behind. They fought so we could be free. Our flag still stands — and our flag, our banner, it waves.