The Emblem of the Brave and True

Stars and StripesBesides Grand Old Flag, another nick-name for the US flag is The Stars and Stripes. It is also the name of the National March of the USA. Most Americans can hum the tune or at least parts of it, but did you know that the composer, John Phillips Sousa, also wrote lyrics for it when he composed it in 1897? They are not as widely known as the tune. Here they are:

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.

Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

As you and your loved ones assemble this Ceaco jigsaw puzzle entitled “Stars and Stripes Pencil Flag”, it would be a great time to get out some patriotic music and hum along to the sound of Stars and Stripes Forever.

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