American Anthem by ZyECgmN

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									75 Seconds
     75 seconds…




…is the duration of our
  National Anthem.
          75 seconds…




…is the sacrifice of your time to
honor the Great Americans who
 can’t be there for the Anthem.
         75 seconds…




…is the time span you stand at
attention, with your head up,
  your heart open, and your
          mouth shut.
The position is attention,
      not comfort.
This reverence is specified in
          US Code.
          UNITED STATES CODE
       TITLE 36 CHAPTER 10 §171
  During rendition of the national
 anthem when the flag is displayed,
    all present. . .should stand at
  attention facing the flag with the
 right hand over the heart. Men. . .
should remove their headdress with
 their right hand and hold it at the
 left shoulder, the hand being over
              the heart.
For 75 seconds…


…think about the
 bravery required
    to sign the
  Declaration of
  Independence,
  and create the
greatest nation on
      earth.
                          For 75 seconds…




 …think about the hundreds of thousands of
Great Americans who were killed in America.
      For 75 seconds…



…think about those colors of red,
        white, and blue.
  For 75 seconds…


…let the red in the
Flag remind you of
the blood of Great
Americans, woven
 into the fabric of
     that Flag.
            For 75 seconds…




…let the red in the Flag remind you of bows
           on Christmas wreaths.
   For 75 seconds…


…let the white in the
Flag remind you of
how many tears are
  soaked into the
threads of the Flag.
…by the
wives…
 …by the
children…
…and by the
  soldiers
themselves.
   For 75 seconds…


…let the white in the
Flag remind you of
   the beaches of
    Normandy…

……then let the red
in the Flag remind
you of the beaches
  of Normandy.
  For 75 seconds…




…let the red in the Flag remind you of a rose, and
  let the white remind you of a pair of gloves.
 For 75 seconds…




…let the white in the Flag remind you of crosses
                 on foreign soil.
 For 75 seconds…




…let the blue in the Flag remind you of oceans
   with sailors who launch but never dock.
 For 75 seconds…




 …let the blue in the Flag remind you of the sky,
and pilots who take off, but never return to land.
   For 75 seconds…




…think about the Great Americans who
     continue despite the odds...
…and have less than
75 seconds to live.
For 75 seconds…




                   …think about the
                   families meeting
                  their loved ones at
                     the airport.
  For 75 seconds…


 …think about the
  children being
introduced to their
fathers for the first
       time.
  For 75 seconds…


 …think about the
  Americans who
fought for the Flag,
 and the daily pain
 they endure from
   their wounds.
For 75 seconds…




    …think about your best friend…
  …who is not beside you, but above you.
  For 75 seconds…


…think about how
many Marines did
not live to see the
Flag over Mount
   Suribachi.
                       For 75 seconds…




…think about how many people thank God for
         the endurance of that Flag.
For 75 seconds…




 …think about your last traffic jam, and the
importance of the appointment you missed.
                      For 75 seconds…




…think of Marine units with more helmets and
            boots than Marines.
                            For 75 seconds…




…think about those who sleep next to their
     loved ones… for the last time.
  For 75 seconds…




…think about the faith in God that gives Great
         Americans their strength.
For 75 seconds…




…think about those Great Americans committed
       to saving other Great Americans.
 For 75 seconds…


 …think about the
  Great Americans
who are killed while
  trying to save the
lives of other Great
     Americans.
For 75 seconds…




 …think about the Great Americans who don’t
         sleep at home in their beds.
    For 75 seconds…




…thank God to be in the presence of that Flag.
For 75 seconds…




 …think about all the people on earth who are
alive because of sacrifices of Great Americans.
            For 75 seconds…




     …think about how much you were
“inconvenienced” on your last airplane flight.
For 75 seconds…




…consider the awesome military might the Flag
stands for, and the even stronger compassion of
                  its warriors.
  For 75 seconds…


…think about those
 Great Americans
   who see their
brothers perish for
    that Flag.
For 75 seconds…




                   …think
                   about
                   what a
                   Flag at
                  half mast
                   really
                   means.
                     For 75 seconds…




…think of all the families with Flags at home…
          …that are never unfolded.
            For 75 seconds…




…think about holding the memory of the
 Great Americans close to your heart.
             For 75 seconds…




Think about this poem, written by a 10 year old girl,
  and read at her father’s funeral after he died in
                 Afghan fighting…
My Dad
      He was a great Father for every good Reason,
      I wish he was still alive.
      He would still be with me if it hadn't gone wrong,
      I wish he had survived.

              I feel like it was all a dream.
              But it's not what it seems.
              That he's still with me in my heart.
              And in my sad sad dreams.

                     I'm crying at this moment.
                     But I can't stop now.
                     I wish he was still with me.
                     And he's whispering in the clouds.

                            I will visit you in your dreams.
                            And we shall roam free.
                            Playing in the grassy fields.
                            Definitely You and Me.
   For 75 seconds…


  …think about the
generations of Valor
   woven into the
 fabric of that Flag.
  For 75 seconds…


…think about those
 Great Americans
 who understand.
  For 75 seconds…


  …think about the
  Great Americans
 who thought about
what the Flag stood
for…for 75 seconds.
For 75 seconds.

								
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