Monday, July 31, 2006
"O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming!
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
... O long may it wave"
-The Star Spangled Banner
(Francis Scott Key)
(Photograph: Mahmoud Zayat/AFP/Getty Images)