Almost everybody (in the United States, at least...) know the first verse of The Star Spangled Banner. (You ought to if you're an American! If not...learn it.) But I think...the fourth verse is one of my favorites.
"Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand,
between their loved home, and war's desolation.
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
praise the Power that hath made, and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause, it is just.
And thus be our motto: "In God is our Trust"
Then the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
O'er the Land of the Free, and the home of the brave."
You have to admit, those are pretty awesome lyrics. And call me biased--I probably am-- but I think Americans have one of the coolest national anthems in the world. (One of the hardest to sing, too. But hey...)
Righty, I'm off to celebrate. Barbeque, games, listening to patriotic music, like Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue, God Bless America, American Soldier, all that stuff. :) ... and s'mores tonight.
Brownie points to anyone who knows who wrote the The Star Spangled Banner. WITHOUT googling it!