"In God We Trust"
"Ask Not What You're Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country"
"I Have A Dream"
"Oh Say Can You See?"
There are groups of words, phrases, sentences, that need no explanation. The mere mention, or reading of them, transcends all time and stirs the hearts and souls of all mankind.
One of my favorite stories is the story of "The Star Spangled Banner" OUR National Anthem. It is the story of an unlikely out come of Freedom. Ironically spotted on September 14, 1812 by a young 35 year old lawyer held captive aboard an English vessel. He described the attack on Fort McHenry in Baltimore . "It seemed that Mother Earth herself had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone." As darkness descended Key could see little more than a red glare. " He could see the heavens a glow with a seething sea of flame."
As I read his words about that long agonizing night in 1812, I understand more profoundly the words of "The Star Spangled Banner."
I remember turning on the television that fateful day and watching in disbelief and even commenting "Is that real" as two airplanes crashed into The Twin Towers. I remember the horrifying days and events that followed. I can not help but envision the two similar horrific situations. September 14, 1812 and September 11, 2001 and think my God, "These are the Times That Try Men's Souls."
These are not just words or phrases anymore, they are institutions of memories of horrific, tragic, times. They were written, spoken, and sang from deep within a hearts soul. They are to be revered, respected, remembered, learned from.
They are an American Story of tragedy, struggle, and triumph. They are the keepers of the story and they will once again rise up in the hearts and souls of all Americans if need be and they will prevail. For they are no longer only words and Phrases. They are immortal.
They are "The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave!