Stop & Listen

Back in December of last year, in my post ‘Reveille‘, I wrote the following words –

In the mornings after reveille, the National Anthem is played.  In the United States, we play the National Anthem before sporting events and sometimes other types of activities where large amounts of people are gathered.  I would acknowledge the song and maybe sing along with it or, maybe not.  Since living at NAS, that has changed; I feel differently when I hear this song now.  The song has more meaning for me.  Why?

No matter where on the base one is – when the National Anthem is played in the morning or evening, everyone stops what they are doing and gives their attention.  Military personal both active and retired salute and civilians with their hand on their heart.  My heart pounds as I am stopped in my tracks and begin singing the National Anthem – what an honor.

In today’s post, I write the following –

From Wikipedia –

The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory.

My friend and fellow blogger Jennie over at A Teacher’s Reflections published a wonderful post back in November of last year about the significance of this song with children.  I did not realize there is a book The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier that depicts the words to this song in full color illustrations.  Please stop over to Jennie’s blog and check out her wonderful post Children and “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Having lived on the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida – I heard this song every morning.  We sing it many times in our lives without much thought into the words and the meaning of the song.  I realize the following video is rather long (11:38 minutes), but if you have time to watch it, please do.  I hope you listen to the words and watch the video today, and learn something you may have not known and maybe just maybe, it brings to you a new significance; and the next time you hear it, a since of honor and pride will fill your heart.

38 thoughts on “Stop & Listen

  1. This is a superb post! I’m not American but when I stood and listened to it, for example on Patriots Day in Massachusetts and again when I did my first run after my leg broke complete with brace and determined heart it spoke to me. Really spoke to me and the tears flowed (I have to admit to being a bit of a crier but ….) Learning how this amazing lyric came to be and hoping that one day I will stand hand on chest and sing it in a group of people seeking Nationality makes me cry wet, salt tears. Thank you Terry – be very very proud to be not just an American but an American that really makes a difference to dull foreign girls like me heart ❤️

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    • Osyth, I am very glad you viewed the video, it made me cry. I never knew the reasons for this song and just sung it because I usually had to. Now it has a whole new meaning. Thanks dear, I appreciate you taking the time to view it, I know it was a long video. Happy Week. 🙂

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  2. I actually just watched it again a second time. I, sadly, did not pay as much attention in History as a child in school as I should have, and this story is somewhat new to me, I’m ashamed to say. I just shared with my family – they may already know it. But this really touched me. Mainly at about 7:20, when it talks about the men who held it up, and then their bodies………….. I have no word.

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    • Yes, I understand, I think there are many of us that share the same absence of information concerning the origin of this song. Thanks for sharing and watching again, it will leave you with a different emotion than you had before viewing. 🙂

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      • Thanks. Great pics on this last post, you’re ripped. Keep up the spirit, I know it’s not easy and you and your partner are going through ALOT together. I think there’s a plan for most of us,,but I have a hard time saying that to you with all you’re going through- Hang in there, I know it’s a shitty thing-

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  3. Terry, living by a military base makes you hear the song and feel the song differently. It’s not like at a sporting event, which is where most people hear our National Anthem. You are in a place that brings pride to the song. Yes, the book I read to the children makes the words come alive. That’s a good thing. Here is a great story: Colors are played at morning and evening on a military base. For your readers, that means playing the National Anthem when the American flag is raised and lowered. I have witnessed children and families at a playground close by STOP when colors are played. They simply stand tall and proud. This is at a playground. It was genuine.

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