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Patriot Days ~ Canada and US
John was born in Canada during the Second World War, while his American father was overseas serving as a Chaplain in the Royal Canadian Air Force. John's Australian-born Canadian mother, and her Australian father, raised him those first 4 years of life. After the war was over the family remained in Canada; John's American father was an officer of the Salvation Army, in Canada.
After John's Grandfather passed away, the family moved back to the United States. John attended Jr. High School and High School in Arizona and California, then enlisted in the United States Navy. As a result of the decision to enter the Armed Forces of the United States, John resolved the question of dual citizenship by thus declaring himself an American citizen. However, the National Anthems of both countries are an integral part of John's heritage, and both pieces of music, and all of the pageantry surrouunding the playing of these anthems, strike chords in his heart that summon a cry to each and every person in the world - "To your own self, and to your country, be true!"


"Canada Day - July 1"
Official Lyrics of O Canada!

"Oh Canada!"
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         O Canada!

O Canada! Our home, and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


"Independence Day - July 4"
Lyrics of 'The Star Spangled Banner'

"The Star Spangled Banner"
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Written by Francis Scott Key (some say) while being held prisoner on a Royal Navy frigate during the British attack on Fort McHenry. The first verse of this song has been adopted as the American National Anthem. How many have seen, or heard, the remaining verses?

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, 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 rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust":
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

John B. Moss
© 06/21/1999 - 2005 - All Rights Reserved


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