Monthly Archives: September 2016

Let’s Take a Knee America—After Singing the 4th Verse

Current events draw attention to the national anthem, right to expression, and social injustice. Unfortunately not enough attention is drawn to police officers who day in and day out have to operate in an environment where societal calamities are escalating. In the fault-finding these days, I think we have forgotten that it is about the content of our character, not the color of skin. Martin Luther King Jr. was hoping it would be otherwise.

The national anthem has more than one verse. The fourth verse may be the most timely.

 O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall standfort_mchenry_flag

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n 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! Continue reading

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