Can you see this morning what we saw last night,
That ragged old flag in the last of the light?
Those Stars and Stripes waving on in the breeze
Like nothing could ever bring her down to her knees.
With every bright flash, through each streaming flare
We would look to the sky, she would still be there
And a little more hope would again fill our sail
as we thought of those soldiers refusing to fail,
refusing to give up, to lay down or yield,
as they fought to the last and left it all on the field.
To you who now live under that banner free
are you grateful that they never once took a knee,
that they took no regard to what they might feel
when staring death in the face, they refused to kneel?
To give us a place for the brave to call home
To keep us a country where freedom could roam?
To honor that courage and pure sacrifice
With hands over hearts we forget not the price.
Does that star spangled banner yet wave in your heart?
If you are still living, you still have a part
To keep her protected and carry her on
upwards and onwards, brighter and strong.
Build her up, hold her high, keep her steady and true.
she’s more than her colors of red, white and blue
She’s a tribute, a statement, a warning to all.
United we stand, but divided we fall.
d.c.elliott 7.4.18 https://vimeo.com/346613627