Thursday, September 14, 2006
You know flag day of course! Well this should be "National Anthem" day. For On this date in 1814 while watching a battle of our troops vs the British at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the historic words to the "Star Spangled Banner" How many of us know all the words of even the first stanza? "Oh say, can you see, by the dawn's early light?" Imagine that our greatest allies today is the only nation with whom we have gone to war against twice! And they even burned down the White House during this same war! Funny how things go sometimes. This was a historic day in American History in other ways. I wrote back on September 6th about William McKinley being shot by an assassin -- we'll today on this date in 1901, Mr. McKinley died of his wounds and Theodore Roosevelt at 42 became the youngest man to become president of the United States until then. As an ironic twist to the Anthem anniversary, it was also on this date in 2005 that a Federal judge in San Francisco declared that the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was unconstitutional. Also on thgis date in 1982, the world lost another Princess-- Princess Grace of Monaco who was killed in that bizzare accident on that very road where a friend and I had had a wild cab ride on in 1978. Funny how things are in perspective of others. So I think it might be a very good idea today if we take a good look of the words of the National Anthem and reflect on just how lyrical and beautiful that they really are! We live in a great country! Let's acknowledge that today in a special way! Much cooler day today-- even a little drizzle-- which is very welcome after such a long period of hot weather.
well not too much else happening. Until next time!