Flag Day - June 14th
In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th State added to the Union. She has displayed and honored the flag as loyally and faithfully as any other of the United States. She has sent her sons off to war in the protection and furtherance of freedom. On June 14th this Commonwealth will once more honor the flag of our nation.
John Paul Jones was one of our nation’s greatest Heroes. He was a naval officer and had the honor of displaying the flag on his ship the flag of our nation. It was the first time in the young nation’s history that the flag was hoisted high on an American naval vessel.
Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” May of us are unaware off the fact that there are four verses to the anthem. The last stanza is very lovely and telling. There has been a drift away from, and almost an abandonment of the sentiment expressed in this stanza.
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 heaven-rescued land,
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us as a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, -- “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.
We can pray that the God in whom our nation trusted at the beginning will regain that trust and turn our nation toward God again.
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