September’s Remnant

On this Day in History …

September 3rd

  • The Revolutionary War ended (in 1783) when representatives from the United States, Great Britain, Spain, and France signed the Treaty of Paris, formally recognizing America as a free nation “from Florida north to the Great Lakes between the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi”.

We separated
from the most powerful mother-nation on earth

to eke it out as fledglings

  • Viking II landed on Mars (in 1976) providing some of the first close-up photos of the red planet.

We continue to explore
the vast emptiness of Space
and planets so pulverized by interstellar missiles

they may or may not hold water
just in case

September 11th

We moved into the desert west
tamed the Colorado River
and preserved wild places

The Brits followed after us
reminding their cousins

what’s important and lasting
whimsically

  • The Attack on 9/11 stunned America (in 2001) when terrorists crashed four jetliners into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in NYC, the Pentagon, and a quiet field of wildflowers in Amish country, tragically killing 1000’s including: travelers, business workers, public servants, and first-responders.

There are other wake up calls too
some are unimaginably difficult

September 13th

  • The Star Spangled Banner was written (in 1814) by Francis Scott Key, during the War of 1812, as a poem originally titled “The Defense of Fort McHenry”. Key was deeply religious and opposed to the War but served in the Georgetown Light Field Artillery.
    • He was dispatched by James Madison to assist Col John Stuart Skinner in the retrieval of Dr. William Beane, their colleague and friend. They boarded the HMS Tonnant to negotiate prisoner exchange and were detained by the British until maneuvers in the area were complete. In verse, Key recorded his emotional response to that full day and night of shelling, when at dawn he witnessed “that our flag was still there!”
    • Set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” it was circulated in papers and handbills and became an instant hit. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson announced, “it should be played at all official events”.
    • The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as our national anthem in 1931.

Still today
most are only familiar
with the first of four verses
from our national song
lest we forget

give up all your possessions and follow me” – Luke 14:33


Defence of Fort M’Henry
by Francis Scott Key 

[1]

O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, 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?

[2]

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.

[3]

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havock of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul foot-steps’ 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.

[4]

O! thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home, and the war’s desolation,
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d 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.

Acoustic: Wake Me Up When September Ends
Artist: Green Day, American Idiot (2004)

“If you conquer yourself then you conquer the world”
Paulo Coelho, Aleph

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