The Star Spangled Banner-Our National Anthem Worthy of Respect at All times, in All places, by All Americans...Americana

One Flag, Representative of One Nation, under God, goes by many names; The Red White and Blue, The Stars and Stripes, Grand Old Flag, the Great Garrison flag, the Star Spangled Banner and one of my personal favorites, Old Glory.

I've also referred to the flag as the Resilient One!

"Old Glory", so named by an Oregon Boat Captain in the early 1800s.

Early on in America's History, many flags were flown, many flags were taken into battle, but one flag needed to be chosen to Represent the Miracle which was, America!

On June 14th, 1777, the Continental Congress declared, "the Flag of the Thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be Thirteen Stars, white in a blue field, Representing a new Constellation." The Stars and Stripes was commissioned. Red, White and Blue would be her colors!

The Continental Congress did not give an explanation of the colors chosen, but with the design of the Great Seal, five years later, utilizing the same colors, came an explanation:

  • RED Represents Hardiness and Courage
  • WHITE Represents Purity and Innocence
  • BLUE Represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice

Claims were made in 1870 by the grandson of Betsy Ross. He stated that she was responsible for making the very first American flag and based the claim on sworn statements from several sources, including family members. Although Betsy Ross did make flags during that time frame, many Historians question if she was the maker of the very first.

Whatever the case, the claim stuck. I remember well from my school days, if it was a flag-making question, the answer was always Betsy Ross.

As States were added , becoming United with other States, a stripe and a star would be added to the flag. Eventually, it was decided that 13 stripes representing the original States would stay constant and only a star would be added for each new State.

Otherwise, can you imagine, even before Hawaii and Alaska were added, it would have either been one very busy flag or one ginormous flag!

That Grand Old Flag was the Inspiration behind, what would later become, our National Anthem.

The Star Spangled Banner, words penned by Francis Scott Key and music composed by John Stafford Smith.

  • Francis Scott Key was an American Attorney. He boarded a British ship which was in the Chesapeake Bay, near Ft. McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor. He was onboard to negotiate the release of an American, being held captive on the ship.
  • The British began an assault on Fort McHenry, in an effort to take the Baltimore Harbor. The date was Sept.13th, 1814. The attack would last for a full day and for a full night.
  • Flying high above the Fort, in all her Splendor, the American flag. Commissioned specifically with massive specifications, to be clearly visible to the British. The Stars and Stripes flew at the start of the massive bombardment and when morning had broken, "by the dawn's early light", that still held true.
  • "Rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air" created much haze and it took some time for the skies to clear, those on the ship could not know "that our flag was still there". Francis Scott Key, still aboard the British Navy ship, did not know.
  • The skies finally did clear and in the morning light, "broad stripes and bright stars" proudly waved, proclaiming yet, another Victory!

Oh the stories that old flag could tell....

Key put his eyewitness experience into poetic words, a poem that would soon be accompanied by music, becoming a song of Devotion, our National Anthem!

I've always seen our flag as Resilient, as Resilient as the brave men who were fighting two battles at once, within the walls of Fort McHenry. While defending the fort, in the heat of battle, they kept that grand old flag flying.

Such an amazing, miraculous feat!

As Resilient as every soldier that has ever gone into battle, defending the Freedoms that so many of us hold dear, understanding they come with a cost.

Freedoms that so many either fail to understand or do not care to understand. Perhaps they have never been taught or received some misleading information, as to what it is that old flag Represents.

As Resilient as every soldier that fights today and every family member which waits for their return, hoping and praying that the cost will not be paid by their loved one.

The Act of one man, an athlete, taking a knee, disengaged, during the display of our flag and the singing of our National Anthem, has spread!

First throughout the National football league and then into other sports, even on the junior level, into High Schools and Colleges, throughout the Land it has spread, leading to similar Acts of defiance.

Every single Act costly and destructive, as costly as a flight of locusts, as destructive as a spreading wildfire, only, we cannot see the damage caused, with the human eye.

These images stand in stark contrast to the Resilient One/ the Resilient Ones, wouldn't you agree?

There are several stanzas to The Star Spangled Banner, it ends with these words:

"Oh! 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 Pow'r 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".

E PLURIBUS UNUM





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gregas 8 weeks ago from Corona, California.

I was always under the impression that the red also stood for the blood that was shed fighting for and defending this country. The National Anthem still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it and see our Flag. I have a hub about the Ragged Old Flag, the song by Johnny Cash. I am not a violent old man but I would love to get my hands on anyone I see burning our flag. When I saw the pictures of Barrack and Michelle Obama burning the flag when they were in college I swore to myself that I would NEVER support him. I am almost 70 and I went into tears the other day when I watched a video on Facebook that told the story about how the Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key.


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abwilliams 8 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

I feel the same way when I see athletes disrespecting the flag, the National Anthem...knowing that kids are always watching and mimicking their behavior.

It doesn't help matters knowing that these same kids aren't learning anything positive in school, when it comes to America.

These athletes (the ones behaving in this despicable manner) are giving kids a stamp of approval to Act like punks, when they could be and should be setting a good example.


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Dont Taze Me Bro 8 weeks ago from Tazeland Islands

Thank you AB for reminding us of what the flag stands for, it's history and the reverence real patriots should have for it.

It won't be long until the last stanza of The Star Spangled Banner is changed to

"O'er the land of what used to be the Free and the Home of the Brave!"

Gregas, you have to ask yourself out of all the flags of dictator nations across the world with no respect for any human rights why would anyone choose the American flag over theirs to burn or disrespect. There are many better places to start than with the freest most honorable country in the world despite the human shortcomings of some of it's people.


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abwilliams 8 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29166/

This video got me fired up Gregas/ Taze, had to find some release. Tried to find it with words!


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gregas 8 weeks ago from Corona, California.

I looked at that video and Colin should be ashamed of himself for starting this. But we know he is beaming because he is a jerk.


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The Old Guard 8 weeks ago from U.S.A.

Let me play devils advocate here.

The "flag burning" that I remember started showing up with the unjust war in Vietnam. (It was unjust, like most of the "policing" actions the government has taken over the last 50 years. An involvement based on lies and propaganda - think Iraq, Libya, Syria etc. etc.)

Since that time, I've seen it ebb and flow - people burning the flag for whatever agenda they are pushing.

At times I think people are justified - with the politicians taking away freedoms year by year, how does one differentiate between the crooked politicians and the flag?

I see the flag as a representation of the Constitution - that it was made as a symbol for the inalienable rights that we as citizens have.

When those rights are being taken away, is it time to reconsider what the flag stands for?

If we, as a people, believe that the government and the flag are inseparable, then does massive corruption in government change your views of the flag and what it represents?

Or do we hang on to our "patriotism" no matter how corrupt the government gets?

I know that Amish never pledge allegiance to the flag of America. They know that their only allegiance is to their God.

Is there a point where you, as an American, would also participate in what the Amish do - not pledge your "patriotism" to a symbol that has been corrupted by our "elected" representatives?

Even the people in Germany, during the Nazi period, the citizens were extremely patriotic - as was Russia during communism and China during Mao's purging and killing of millions of Chinese.

Yes, I know that in the past, America had a lot going for it.

But, looking over that last 40 years in America, the landscape has changed - politically, Constitutionally and economically.

Is it ever justified to burn the flag?

Or are we always supposed to blindly stand by the flag, no matter how strongly we disagree with the actions of our government?

Do you always view the flag and the actions of our representatives as separate entities?

Don't think that I have written this on a whim.

My father fought in WWll and asks these same questions when we talk about America.

His question is, "What the hell did I fight for? It was not for a country that's turned out like this!!"

He's angry, as are any other Americans, about the road that America has taken.

Does the flag represent that or something else?

And please don't tell me "Love it or leave it" - a trite response to avoid answering pertinent questions........

Cheers


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abwilliams 8 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

I would never tell you or your Father to love it or leave it. I'll save that for those that condemn her and find fault with her on a daily basis.

Thank your Father for his Service, tell him not to give up on this Country. There are many, teaching their children and grandchildren about men like your Father, Countering the liberal mindset,prevalent in all walks of their lives,at every turn! My Dad Served in the Air Force, my brother Served. I could go on and on...

I shared this lesson of America's Anthem so that those in the spotlight for bad, disrespectful behavior, not continue to take it away from those Deserving of the spotlight (although they do not ask for it, it isn't in their DNA)

God will always be first and foremost in my life, he had a hand in our miraculous inception. I honor him, when I pledge allegiance.

When Obama was running initially, I received a 'pledge' to sign, to serve Barack Obama. I still get angry thinking about it. Like I told 'her' I only Serve God, not any man. All elected officials work for us, not the other way around. Our Constitution saw to that and still does to this day, as far as I'm concerned!

I am so tired of progressives revising history and twisting meaningful events and dissing America and filling kids heads with b.s.

I could go on, but I'll let others take it from here.....


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gregas 8 weeks ago from Corona, California.

If you don't like the government then change the government. We really haven't lost any rights. They tell us that we should say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas because it might' offend someone'. I still say Merry Christmas. It offends me that they want me to change because 'they' don't like it. Tell me what rights have you lost. But the Flag stands for the men that died for this country and the rights that you have. When they burn an American Flag that OFFENDS ME. I have lost relatives and friends fighting for that flag. I served in the US Air Force in the 60s and I will defend the flag till my death.


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The Old Guard 8 weeks ago from U.S.A.

gregas -

Type into google search "What rights have I lost in the U.S. in the last 40 years"

It will bring up about 338 million responses to your "I don't know what rights you have lost" statement.

Personally, I don't care if your offended.

I don't care about being politically correct.

Like I sated - my father served in WWII and has the same problem I have with the country - "I didn't fight for a corrupt country like this" is one of his favorite statements.

What I am concerned about is the loss of freedoms in the U.S., the corruption of the government officials and the strangulation of capitalism, which was the back bone of this once great nation.

If I had fought, I would be disgusted with spending time to protect "freedoms", then have those rights taken away by corrupt politicians.

But, that's me.

You can feel anyway you'd like.

If it helps to you justify your time in the military, supporting the likes of reid, obama, bush, clinton, johnson, nixon and the other ilk that are sucking the life out of America - well, you have the freedom to do that.

I just happen to think differently - which I have the freedom to do.

And those that burn a piece of red, white and blue cloth - well, that's the freedom that's found in America.

I'm sure that those that have died do not feel any better because I do burn a flag or not.

The flag is a symbolic item, attached to what ever psychological thing you attach to it.

Only the living have an attachment to it, and I was asking the question of why, and what would change that attachment or view of the flag.

And remember what Mark Twain said about voting - "If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it"

Have a happy day

Cheers


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abwilliams 8 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

Much Respect gregas! Thank you for your Service!


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The Old Guard 8 weeks ago from U.S.A.

Ah, but the questions beg to be answered.

When do you stop the emotional cause for the flag?

Or do you follow the "patriotic" propaganda through military dictatorship like they did in Nazi Germany?

I do believe there does come a point when "respect" for a flag or a national anthem ends because of the actions of the elite directing the country, the politicians or military usurping power.

Under what conditions would you no longer "respect" the flag or the national anthem?

For me, I truly believe this is the government the founders warned us about.

I would not stand for the national anthem, nor would I fly the American flag and least of all, pledge allegiance to this group of scum we have in D.C..

I've believe that those that are "elected" have crossed my invisible "line in the sand", and I will not participate in any of this "patriotic" blather until things change in the U.S.

So, the question is still there - what actions from your government would finally convince you that you're fairy tale of a country called America is in reality a socialist or dictatorial fraud?

Or, blindly be "patriotic" no matter the actions of the country's actions against it's citizens?

Both have occurred in history.


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abwilliams 8 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

I'll always have high regard for the flag and for the Anthem. I could never disrespect either. They both represent something much greater than those in D.C. Again, when I Pledge Allegiance to the flag, I'm not Pledging Allegiance to a screw-up in Washington.

It is unfortunate that some voters continue to vote for the same people or the carbon copy of the same people over and over again, expecting different results, that does not change my gratitude for what happened here over 200 years ago. A Republic was born, I have great Respect for the 40% or so that wanted Revolution and went for it (glad that they weren't all whiny and cynical)


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abwilliams 8 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

I just realized that this Article doesn't Pass Muster with the Editors at Hubpages, so I'll not spend any more time here.

I just wanted to say to you Old Guard. My Faith means everything to me, I can't see God, but I know he's there, always with me. My Patriotism can't be seen, it is always with me, a part of who I am. When I was a child, I would run to school, not excited about the school work, excited that we would be singing songs about America, followed by the Pledge, ending in prayer or a moment of silence. Patriotism isn't learned, it's innate.

I have to go prepare for a hurricane.


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The Old Guard 8 weeks ago from U.S.A.

abwilliams,

The America I knew as a child is gone.

We currently have a socialistic mixture of rules and regulations that makes every citizen a criminal.

I too believe in God, truly believe he had a hand in the founding of America.

Unfortunately, our elected officials have chosen to ignore the Constitution, infringe on our freedoms and are trying to enslave every citizen in America.

If you don't see that now, just wait.

When your 15 on the list of "free countries" in the world, when you used to be first, the elite and the politicians are enslaving the populace.

They've crossed my "line in the sand".

Give them time, and they may cross yours.

Patriotism is a "feeling" - nothing more, nothing less.

When you see the U.S. politicians as the barbarians they are, maybe your feelings will change.

Even during Stalins dictatorship, the Russians stood up to the Nazi's.

Amazing what can be done if the will of the people are combined into a focused task.

Patriotism is earned, not innate.

Best of luck to you and yours. Be safe in that monster of a storm!

Cheers


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Dont Taze Me Bro 8 weeks ago from Tazeland Islands

Old Guard you make a very big mistake when you say "I do believe there does come a point when "respect" for a flag or a national anthem ends because of the actions of the elite directing the country, the politicians or military usurping power."

The flag is not a flag of the new "elite" It doesn't stand for anything like that or anyone who has usurped what it stands for because they have usurped America's power, never did and never will. That is your mistake, not a mistake of those who are patriotic to what it does stand for and by thinking as you do you have allowed those "elite" to win. Just by their existence, you have given them the victory in your mind by wrongly assigning what the flag stands for... to them.

That would be no different than condemning the original 13 colonies while fighting for independence for being ruled but the King which they were until they won independence.

We have to hold dear that flag which stands for what those 13 colonies achieved and trust that what it stands for can overcome the assault of immorality and tyranny by the "elitists" that is upon our country today and like in the thirteen colonies it will only be overcome by faith in this flag and what it has always stood for and still does in the face of this assault.

You, by what you have said have given tyranny the victory and taken away the hope of patriot Americans...wake up.


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gregas 8 weeks ago from Corona, California.

AB, what is wrong with this hub?


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The Old Guard 8 weeks ago from U.S.A.

Don't taze me bro -

Haven't given the elites nothing.

Nor the scum that is ruining america.

If you have to have the flag as a rallying point, that's your choice.

A flag is a piece of cloth - can be used to justify the wrong doings of the politicians - can be used to justify those that are patriotic - I'll let you decide for yourself.

For me - it's a symbol of a country - the U.S.A.

In my opinion, the country no longer deserves my respect. A socialistic, marxist, whimpering people can go their way and I'll go mine.

When the Constitution is followed, when the rights of individuals are put back in place, then I will consider respecting the flag and the national anthem.

Until that time comes, don't expect me to stand, pledge or doing anything to support the elite and the corrupt politicians.

I'd be more inclined to stand up for the Confederate flag - at least those men died trying to stop the insane federalism and socialism that has spread throughout the land.

Cheers


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gregas 7 weeks ago from Corona, California.

Hi AB, glad things went well with H. Matthew.

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