Old Glory

Francis Scott Key asks this famous question at the end of the first stanza of The Star-Spangled Banner:

“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

My response?  Why yes, yes it does…

[ Spring Talent Show, LeTort Elementary, Washington Boro, Pennsylvania ]

[ Rockford Plantation, Lancaster, Pennsylvania ]

[ Lancaster, Pennsylvania ]

[ Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania ]

[ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ]

 [ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ]

[ Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania ]

[ Baltimore Inner Harbor, Maryland ]

[ Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland ]

[ Air Show, Ocean City, Maryland ]

[ Washington, D.C. ]

[ Bar Harbor, Maine ]

[ Bar Harbor, Maine ]

[ Tampa, Florida ]

[ Little Palm Island, Florida ]

[ Key West, Florida ]

[ Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California ]

[ Julian, California ]

[ Julian, California ]

[ Mount Soladad, La Jolla, California ]

[ Coronado, California ]

[ Coronado, California ]

[ Coronado, California ]

A little FYI: Colors for the American flag were taken from the official seal of the United States (which was designed and approved before the flag).  Colors for the seal were chosen for the qualities they represented – white for purity, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for perseverance, justice, and vigilance.  The flag contains thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies or states: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.  The fifty white stars are representative of the fifty states that create the United States of America we recognize today.

Long may it wave….

Happy 4th of July!