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Land of the Free, Home of The Brave

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 8, 2012 4:19 PM |

Our nation has endured a lot of hits over the last weeks, months, and years. Despite these hits — and the accompanying shortcomings of many whom we might deem to be our leaders but partake in various iterations of crony capitalism — our nation remains the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Having not often taken a break from the standard delivery of this blog, I welcome doing just that right now. Why? The rendition of our national anthem highlighted below truly inspired me. I would like to pass that inspiration along.

Do you feel like you have you lost a little bit of a bounce in your step given the hits our nation has taken both domestically and abroad? Do not despair. The American spirit lives on in all of us. Enjoy, get inspired and inspire, share this . . . and then navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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  • Tim Favero

    Larry, I have to admit, I don’t like it when people take liberty with the National Anthem….but these guys are very creative in how they do it. They don’t butcher and mutilate the song like some of those american idol wannabe’s who completely destroy the song and what it stands for when they try to sing at sporting events… They way these guys arranged it, along with images,I believe, was in the spirit of what Francis Scott Key would have intended if he were alive in 2012…..

    • LD


      My sentiments exactly. I thought those delivering this rendition were trying to provide further inspiration and I think they succeeded. Plus, we need some inspiration nowadays.

  • coe

    Growing up in an era when we always started the day saying the Pledge of Allegiance, I have to agree with Tim in being turned off by the many avant garde versions of the National Anthem…call it an old school sensibility – if the shoe fits, wear it…but I also agree that this band’s version strays only in a way that is respectful and quite uplifting – maybe strengthened by the power of the rock interpretation.

    Too often we seem subjected to all of the “wrongs” in America – but it is useful and quite important from time to time to come back to certain foundation issues and inalienable rights. The flag, the anthem, and the related freedoms are all part of those principles that formed this country and continue to provide the hope to tackle the complex challenges facing us as a nation in an economic, social, political and moral sense.

    As they might say on American Idol, nice job, perhaps a little pitchy, but you made it your own without undermining the meaning of the song…good find, LD

  • LD

    In the same spirit, I think you will enjoy this 2-minute clip of a fellow American who goes above and beyond to pay respect to our fallen brothers.

    Larry the Flagman

    • coe

      Can’t and won’t deny it, LD, I found myself crying as I viewed the clip…certainly for the serviceman killed defending us in Afghanistan, even more for those in his family and community circle left behind to grieve for him, and maybe even for America, because we have lost something more dear than economic health, more important than celebrity, more fundamental than our misplaced priorities…oh, let’s not forget the selfless dedication to patriotism and respect for those that put their lives on the line for us – yes – a humble thank you to the Flagman…this clip made my day!

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