Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Today is the 228th birthday of the flag of the United States of America.
That makes me feel better about being born today.
And where is the band that so vaultingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country shall leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge shall save the hireling and the slave
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Read Isaac Asimov's essay on the national Anthem: All Four Stanzas.