I love being an American. I'm thankful for my freedom and for those who have so bravely fought for it - and continue in the battle. I don't take any of this for granted.
Some years ago - it was in 1986 - at the conclusion of the three day celebration of the Restoration of the Statue of Liberty, I first heard Sandi Patti sing an arrangement of the National Anthem. Until then, I hadn't known there was more than one verse to this great song. She sings it here. Please take time to listen to all of it. It sends goosebumps up my arms!
Happy 235th birthday, America!