The fireworks that you will see tonight, on the 4th of July, commemorate not 1776, but 1812. My ggggreat grandfather John Overstreet, who fought in both wars, could have explained it to you.
It's all in the Star-Bangled Banner. The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, were coming from British battleships attacking the port of Baltimore in 1812. Yeah, the British were still pretty sore about losing the colony in America. But, as the song says, in the morning the American flag was still there.
Yes, the United States declared independence in 1776, but it would take almost forty years to truly earn it. That's what the fireworks are all about, and why Americans sing The National Anthem.
The people who fought for the independence of this country deserve more than to have us *go through the motions*. It's too late to thank them, but not too late for us to understand.
What the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner mean
|John Overstreet's pension. He survived the Revolutionary War and the war of 1812. If he didn't, I wouldn't be here!|