Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” graces the opening of sporting events across the United States and at U.S. represented sports around the world. Most people know just the first stanza of the 4-stanza lyrics. On this Veteran’s Day, we share an excerpt from the little known last stanza:
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
May we hold these words in our hearts and in our minds this Veteran’s Day.