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OUR NATION WILL PREVAIL IN BATTLE AGAINST EVIL

"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there."

I have always loved our national anthem. I truly enjoyed playing it in my school band many, many years ago. I love singing it, too, and all my adult life I have not been able to sing the line printed above without a rush of emotion. Something about our flag flying through the long, dark, dangerous night and the enemy rockets and bombs actually illuminating our banner, proving that it is "still there," moves me in a way I cannot describe.

It seems that night has fallen again over our great country. And for those who took innocent life -- so much precious human life -- the shame and darkness may never lift.

But the sun will eventually rise over America. And through this night we now find ourselves in, the dreadful light from our enemies' missiles will illumine our banner yet again. God being our helper, we will make our country and the world a safer place. Justice, sanity and love will prevail.

ROGER VINCENT VULLO

Buffalo

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