Friday, July 5, 2013

God Bless America!

Oh, how I love me some red, white & blue, and how I love this country.  I also love patriotic music, and celebrating American holidays. And picnics, and friends, and the thrill of the grill, and a bunch of hot and sweaty friends gathering together in the middle of a Florida summer, and sparklers, and laughing kids, and baby pools, and fireworks. Good news folks, this post will contain all of those wonderful, summer lovin' things.
America (My country, 'tis of Thee)
by Samuel F. Smith in 1832
My country, 'tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.

This year we rocked a little spur-of-the-moment get together at church to celebrate our country's independence. Bryan grilled up hot dogs and hamburgers, and everyone brought all kinds of delicious side dishes and desserts.  


God Bless America by Irving Berlin in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Army
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above;
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.



America, The Beautiful
by Katharine Lee Bates in 1913
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine!


We watched the fireworks from the hood of Bryan's car, and enjoyed a great, very up close view. (Actually, Bella and I enjoyed the fireworks. Grady and Lilly did not appreciate our great, up-close location, and sat in the car with Bryan, with their hands over their ears.)
The Star Spangled BannerBy Francis Scott Key in 1814
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 through 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?

"THANK YOU!" to the men and women that have, or are currently, serving this great country. Thank you to the families that have missed out on time with their loved ones for my freedom. Your sacrifice is remembered, and so very appreciated.
God Bless America!

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