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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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A Drive By Shooting

Today on my way to Germantown, PA (a section of Philadelphia) to see a my cousin Bill’s one man show Billosophy:Life-Circus-Death.  I had planned on taking plenty of pictures of the show but my silly self left the battery for my camera home still in the charger.

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His show will be going on next weekend as well so he arranged for me to take behind the scene pictures.  So sometimes when things are going wrong it actually works in your favor.

On the ride there I was fortunate to be a passenger.  I am never the passenger always the designated driver.

Taking of advantage of this I started clicking away at everything with my cell.  The pictures are not great by any means but they will give you a glimpse of what Philadelphia has to offer besides the obvious.

Philly is famous for a lot of things.  One of them is Mural and Graffiti Art.  This is something that I like to look at while there.  Here is just a small sampling of the art on Broad Street.

To see more of Art that Philadelphia has to offer check out Mural Art.

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Philadelphia Zoo for Mother’s Day!

Philadelphia Zoo for Mother’s Day!

CAT WALK & MATING DANCE

A lot of the animals where sleeping or not in the mood for pictures.  I think the large crowd may have been a factor.

 Another trip planned to get the other favorites.

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