Our Unfurled Flag

This mural “Our Unfurled Flag” was originally painted in 2001 as a showing of resilience after the events of 9/11. It is located on Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In more recent times the flag has been the object of disdain by some Americans due to the 3rd verse of the National Anthem and the killing of people of color by Police Officers and the appearance of acceptance by the court system  (if it even gets that far).

As children we are only taught the first 2 verses in school but there are 2 more verses which is not taught.  To be honest I did not know the other verses until Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the Anthem during a preseason football game.


“Complete version ofThe Star-Spangled Banner showing spelling and punctuation
from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.”

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O 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 full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O 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 wash’d out their foul footstep’s 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.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d 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.


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Posted on March 19, 2018, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Robin. I’d never seen the last two verses in print. I respect Colin Kaepernick for his principled action on this. Like all figures in history who take a principled action that is unpopular with the vast majority at the time, he’s been punished severely — but one day he will be seen as a hero.

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    • Thank you Cynthia. I debated on posting this but I am glad that i did. I do think that Colin was/is brave for continuing to take a stand for what he believes. I do hope that he is considered a hero for standing up!

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  2. As a “child of the sixties” (I was 15 when Dr King was killed. And then Bobby Kennedy. Same year) I saw the civil rights, the promise of new freedoms for everyone. And believed it. As we all did then.
    Now I watch in dismay how hate grows everywhere. (Not to mention the Chief Hater on Pennsylvania Av. Well, he’s only there from Monday to Wednesday. Then he goes to play golf in Florida.)
    Dark clouds on the horizon for our grandchildren… 😉

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    • I think all the stuff that Trump talks and represents is making it even worse. This week there has been 2 more police shootings (that made the news) with another death of the wrong person.

      I think Dr. King and the Kennedy’s are turning over in their graves about how we seem to be living the ways of old times.

      I still believe in the “Dream” and hope to one day truly see and feel it.

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