Happy Fourth of July

Dear United States of America, Happy Independence Day!

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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!

-The Star-Spangled Banner (fourth stanza), by Francis Scott Key

2 thoughts on “Happy Fourth of July

  1. When we sang this as our closing hymn yesterday, this verse had me so emotional that I couldn’t finish singing. This land really has been rescued by divine Provdience; it is our job to continue to recognize that Power that has saved us!

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