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Born On The 4th

Updated on February 3, 2016

By: Wayne Brown

Thomas Jefferson and four penned the Declaration

On the fourth of July came the birth of this great nation

Founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

Dedicated that all men have rights to a freedom’s quest


Congress approved it on the 4th, independence from the King

But the Crown did not approve, our allegiance we must sing

Free we were, and we freed we’d be, was our brave reply

We’ll never bow to the King again, no surrender, do or die!


The King would send his Army to save all Crown possessions

The people’s resolve to stand and fight never any question

Patrick Henry spoke words that made us hold our breath

Stand.! Stand and fight!, ‘Give me liberty or Give me death!’


We asked George Washington to stand up to the Crown

We formed a militia, prepared to fight for our beloved ground

America was a new land, the new home of the brave and free

The King’s Army would try to conquer our new found liberty


Paul Revere rode waving a lantern; his steed steady running

His shout heard for miles ‘British are coming, They’re coming’

Our new found government would protect our precious liberty

Warning of the British coming, one if by land; two if by sea!


Our ragged little militia fought the Redcoats formed in lines

For what we lacked in skill, we made up for in manly spine

The battles, they were long and hard, much blood was shed

The winters were brutal, men were cold, stomachs little fed


The battles raged upon land and sea from ships and litte boats

Our militia held their ground and gave little to those Redcoats

We fought with muskets and bayonets, anything we could tote

We fought with cannons from decks on sailing ships afloat


Amid the exploding of rockets and the bombs bursting in air

We look to the heavens in light of battle for reassurance there

And yes the Flag still stood the battle waving so bravely true

Standing as our symbol of freedom, the Red, White, and Blue


More than 200 years have past as we still celebrate victory

The birth of a nation; the birth of creed; O’ land of the free

Today our hearts will rise again as fireworks mark our past

We’ll salute America, salute our Flag, and pray it ever last



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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Beautifully written, Wayne-thank you.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...Thank you SG...Happy 4th, Be Safe! WB

      @Bpop..You are so correct Poppy! That's the reason that we don't need 20 million new citizens who have no idea where America came from, why it rose to greatness and they don't care as long as the checks roll in. WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Love the poem and the message. We need to remember our roots and keep the spirit of what they fought for alive, now more than ever.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Joni Douglas....And to you as well. Thank you! WB

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Happy Independence Day to you.

      Excellent hub!

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      Wonderful tribute, Wayne. Happy 4th of July and everything that means!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @50Cal...Sorry I missed you up there Dusty and so glad that I could strike your patiotic bone. I know two folks (you and me) who won't let the day pass. I am putting up my flag! WB

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @HP roychoudhury...thank you so much, you humble me to be a part of this nation. WB

      @tony0274...Thanks much from one great American to another! WB

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      Bravo and great tribute here Wayne !

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is a befitting tribute “A great tribute by a great son of a great nation”.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @SR1...Ken, if we indeed do survive it, we may ironically look back on this time as the period in which Obama and his band of socialist reminded us that we were Americans and a free people and that we didn't need any of what he was selling. Your comments are spot on my friend. Best Regards WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Thank you Wayne I salute you and America and your flag. I pray that your FREEDOM will remain. You fought and died and much blood has been spilled in many wars for Liberty and Freedom. You have your casualties today amongst you who gave their all and came back different and changed.

      I agree with 50 about many who will drink and bbq and treat it as just another extended holiday weekend and not even bow their heads for one minute in this tribute, I just say shame on them.

      These trying times in America need brave people like yourself to stand up for what they believe in and speak out and SHOUT out on the highest mountain tops if need be. The message of HOPE and LIBERTY..because your freedom is on a very short wire right now and is being tested by many influences. I pray for your nation. Peace my friend.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth...that's right Tom, we gotta get plumb mad dog mean and make sure this country remains the America we know and love for now and ever! WB

      @Tom Cornett...Thank you Tom. I awoke this morning with this one running in my head...had to share it! WB

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Wonderful tribute....we do need to remember.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      We must honor our fathers and preserve what they fought and died for. We'll let no tin horned politician take it from us. Liberty or death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, I read this with a tear in my eye as this year we stand severely wounded from the inside! Today folks will scorch dogs and burgers guzzle beer by the gallon some will thank God and those who have fallen, but I'm afraid that many will just get drunk and screw with little thought given but from folks such as you. We live in a time of folks that don't know jack from schlitz about sacrifice of the few for the many. Good job raising the thought of what it truly means, 50

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Very nice tribute to the 4th of July. Enjoy your day.