Fourteen years ago today, America was viciously attacked. Thousands lost lives. Thousands of others lost fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandfathers, grandmothers, countless relatives, dear friends and neighbors.
America could have lost her spirit — but, she didn’t.
Francis Scott Key’s immortal words are as true today as they were one hundred and one years ago when he penned the poem that became our national anthem. Tragedy had struck Fort McHenry in 1814. British terrorists were going to take down the new United Colonies. Throughout the night, the British cannonballs and muskets hammered the fort with its red, white and blue banner that flew above its walls.
In the morning when the smoke had cleared and the shelling stopped, the tattered flag still flew over the battered fort and the bodies of hundreds of brave colonists who were injured or gave their lives to make sure the young country would survivie.
A century after that great anthem was written, our flag is still there. Our enemies today are different from the ones who wore red coats and tricorne hats. Today’s threat comes from radical Islamists who have taken the vow of “death to America.”
The question is — how long will our flag wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave if we continue to bolster an enemy who has vowed to wipe Israel from existence, who wants to kill “all American infidels”?
It’s as though those in power have forgotten the lessons of 1814, ignored the lessons of the Great War, World War II and all of the “conflicts” since. Our flag still flies, but how long will she wave?