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Monday, May 26, 2014

For Memorial Day, 2014: The Fourth Verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Old Glory, flying at Hotel New Hampshire, U.S.A.

O thus be it ever, 
When free men shall stand,
Between their loved homes,
And the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, 
May our 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.

By Francis Scott Key, written at the Battle of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1812.
Here is a link to all four verses.

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