Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Home of the Brave

By Dan Brown,
District 149 State Rep.

Although I am thankful for our freedom year round, the Fourth of July holiday always brings about a magnified sense of devotion to our great country.
On a rainy night during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote what would later become our national anthem. Key witnessed a Royal Navy ship bombard Fort McHenry in Chesapeake Bay. During the heavy attack, Key noticed that the storm flag at the Fort continued to wave in the wind despite the war surrounding it. The next morning, the storm flag was lowered and flying high above Fort McHenry was the American Flag – then fifteen stars and stripes. Key was inspired by the American victory and wrote what became the “Star Spangled Banner” the very next day.
Through the years, Francis Scott Key has inspired so many of us with his triumphant lyrics, “O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
In many ways, I think we can relate the bombardment of Fort McHenry to our current economic climate. America is facing a recession, whose severity was unforeseen by all of us. The fact that the economy has regressed this badly was something of a surprise attack. Although we have been sound fiscal planners in the past, no one could have ever imagined things would be this bad.
However, just as America stood triumphant in her battle so many years ago, I know we will hold strong and work our way into a prosperous future. Americans are survivors by nature, and we will pull through this recession. It will take a tremendous amount of work and planning, but that is exactly what we will do and what we accomplished this past session. We worked to create jobs and balance the budget responsibly. What we put on the Governor’s desk was the best and most responsible way to move Missouri forward and the House stands by that budget.
Through our past, we have proven that we are a nation that comes together in time of trouble and lends a hand to those around us. That is exactly what we must do now. We must think ahead, plan ahead and provide a solid future for our children and grandchildren.
We are, and will remain the greatest nation in the world. I will always be proud to be an American and I am reminded of this each day as I serve as your State Representative. You can be assured I will continue working to utilize your tax dollars in the most responsible and effective ways possible.
God bless you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

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