One hundred and ninety eight years ago a young lawyer from Washington D.C. watched as an invading army bombarded a small fort outside of Baltimore. That barrage would inspire the words that never fail to bring a lump to my throat and lately a tear to my eye. It’s not the words as much as it is the recognition of all the sacrifice that has been made before and since that bombardment on Fort McHenry. That particular war claimed some 2200 American lives.
Every generation of Americans has sacrificed some of its youth in the ever-vigilant defense of our way of life. Those men and women and their families have given us more than we can ever hope to repay. So, as we look upon another Memorial Day take a moment to reflect on that sacrifice and all that it has given us. It is because of them that we can proudly say, Yes, Mr. Key, that Star – Spangled Banner still waves o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.