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Our national anthem is a celebration of freedom

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is more than just a song to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Fort McHenry. To take one verse “the bombs bursting in air” out of the context of the full song does a disservice to Francis Scott Key’s full poem.

Only the first verse of Key’s poem is usually sung as our anthem. I encourage a recent letter writer to read the full poem. Perhaps the verses “Oh thus be it ever when free men shall stand, Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation.” Or “Then conquer we must when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’ ”

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a celebration of freedom, not a celebration of war.

Leo R. McGorry


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