With the 4th of July only a week and a day away, I've decided it's time to do some fun celebrating with patriotic music for our Sandwich Generation families, from kids to seniors along with cute clip art pictures off and on through the week. Starting with one of our most famous and often hardest to sing song – The Star Spangled Banner! Did you know it has FOUR verses, even though you rarely hear them all? In fact, I've rarely heard beyond the first. But guess what the words are for the FOURTH:
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory 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!
Isn't that awesome? Here's one of my Smilebox eCards creations with the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner, along with the first and second. (I couldn't find a rendition with all four verses – if you find one, do let us know). This version begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and then goes into the song. In addition to learning our national anthem, a great and time-honored patriotic song, it's also a fun way to help our grandkids learn this pledge. It starts off a bit quiet and slow, but the eCard rockets held my grandson's attention during that initial quietness. And doesn't it end with such a rousing joy!
This lovely patriotic song, performed by the Twin Sisters on their cd/ mp3 album Celebrate America, for kids is wonderful for all of us boomers and seniors as well. Have a blessed Sunday and lovely week.
P.S. If you want your own copy of this lovely album full of patriotic music for the whole Sandwich Generation family – from kids to seniors - be careful to buy the regular version and not the split-track version (unless, of course, you prefer split track.) You can click here for the regular version.
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