the land of the free....

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© Hector Ortiz
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UploadedNovember 5, 2008
TakenNovember 5, 2008
Exposure1/100 sec at f/2.8
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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.

Oh! 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. Oh! 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 havoc of war and the battle's confusion

A home and a country should leave us no more?

Their blood has washed 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 free men 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.

13 responses

  • Paolo Pizzimenti

    Paolo Pizzimenti (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Up Up Up with Obama. This is a sign a sign of a twist and maybe a regeneration for the U.S.A. Good luck and let God be with you

  • David Eastham

    David Eastham gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Love it my friend! Cheers from Chicago !!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    yup! let's hope there will be some real, substantial "change"

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2008):


  • Rebecca Kinzie Bastian

    Rebecca Kinzie Bastian gave props (5 Nov 2008):


  • Diane Peterson

    Diane Peterson gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Wonderful Hector..I am so embarrassed to be living in a "red" state!

  • Carolyn J

    Carolyn J gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Gives me hope. I'm in the reddest of the red states, but have to have hope.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Carolyn, I thought I was in the reddest of the red states LOL

  • Portia Söderberg

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  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    give us time we'll bring those red ones around =) nice sentiment Hector

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    Awesome sentiment & great shot !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Nov 2008):


  • Edwin Dávila

    Edwin Dávila said (9 Nov 2008):

    Yes We Did!___Que Viva Obama!

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