“O long may it wave”

US Flag waving on pole.

Yes, yes. Today is Independence Day here in the United States. Many have forgotten that this is more than national BBQ and Big Noises Day. But there is one emblem that reminds us of the importance of this day: our flag.

Our friends at Dictionary.com have a very nice blog about our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, and they give all the lyrics to ALL the verses of that song. These in particular popped out at us:

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner—O long may it wave

Nice sentiments. But the true mettle of a people is not in its symbols, but in its deeds. Be a good citizen.

Also of note in a quick trip around the ‘hood, were a few neighbors’ good intentions. Some examples:

 

US Flag wrapped on roofUS Flag wrapped around poleNice US Flag wrapped

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