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Long has it waved

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 4 July 2007 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

In honor of this tattered old flag on Independence Day:

O beautiful, for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountains' majesty
Across thy fruited plain
America, America
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

Happy 4th of July.

NIKON D50 1/500 second F/5.6 70 mm

Cheap Camera Tricks from Antelope Valley, United States

Happy birthday, America. :)

4 Jul 2007 7:08am

Myst from Bologna, Italy

Happy 4th July! Great composition!

4 Jul 2007 7:15am

allyy`* from Singapore, Singapore

tattered indeed! i can see the frays, haha.

4 Jul 2007 11:51am

Francis from New York City, United States

She's a Grand 'Ol Flag.
Happy Birthday USA.

4 Jul 2007 12:08pm

HorseRotorVator from Newton, United States

Happy 4th pal! :) Great shot!

4 Jul 2007 1:15pm

bronzebilly u.k. from cardiff, United Kingdom

hey Viewfinder--that's a grand old one--billy

5 Jul 2007 1:15am

Francis Scott Key from Fort McHenry, United States

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or 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.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-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!

Francis Scott Key (1779 - 1843)

5 Jul 2007 1:31am

Rags from Plano, United States

Happy 4th!

5 Jul 2007 2:13am

Viewfinder from United States

Thanks everybody, for coming by. Am still on vacation, but want to wish you all a very happy and safe 4th. And God bless America!

5 Jul 2007 2:36am

Christine from Houston, United States

Happy Fourth! I like your choice of a flag that is well-used.

5 Jul 2007 2:38am

Bob from New Jersey, United States

Happy 4th!

5 Jul 2007 3:13am

1/500 second
70 mm