Who We Are

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Our flag is flying high here today at Ao4 HQs. Rather than my own words, I give you our National Anthem:

The Star Spangled Banner
LyricsBy Francis Scott Key 1814

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 thru 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 full 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!

Tail wags,


  1. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Simple, yet meaningful post Stormy. May God bless those lives that were lost and those who faught to save lives.
    Hugs and soft woos...
    Sitka and Tia

  2. That's an awesome picture of you, Stormy! Mom read your posting through misty eyes!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  3. [mr_ed writing]:
    Very, very appropriate as Key wrote the poem ("Defence of Fort McHenry") after watching a U.S. coastal facility attacked in the War of 1812.

  4. That was a bootiful picture and post Stormy!

    Lots of Licks, Ruby

  5. Thanks Army of Four, that was a very nice post.

    *high fives*

  6. what a great post, thanks for helping pay tribute.

  7. What a bewootiful picture of you, Stormy, and, a great post for a very special tribute.

  8. A very fitting tribute....I think we are all still finding the words to express our feelings for this date in history :-(

    Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

  9. Hi Army of 4 - I bow my head today with all of you.
    Love & Licks,

  10. That is a beautiful picture of you Stormy. You're a great example of patriotism for all of us.

    Steve and Kat

  11. Good job Storms. We remember all those from 9/11 and all those brave men and women defending our freedom today around the globe.

    Like it says on the Korean War Memorial ... Freedom is not Free. Love Mati and Rocky

  12. Head bowed
    An almost silent Woo.

    As said, We Will Never Forget.

    Thank you Stormy

    Frankie And Maddie

  13. What a be-woo-tiful post! A sad day in our history.

    May all the souls now in heaven, who lost their life on 9-11,
    be forever in our thoughts,
    and never forgotten.

    What a wonderful picture of beautiful Stormy!


  14. Amen.

    Koobuss Kisses,

  15. That's a really pawsome post Stormy.

    ~ Girl girl

  16. Thank roo for all the kind words, everypup! We will NEVER forget the attacks on our country!
    Tail wags,

  17. TO STORMY...................................................wow, i'm teary eyed...i so appretiate a person who so honor's a dog's contibution to 9-11...i know there are many dogs involved....they are so loved....how can i love a dog i have never seen....i don't know. but i do.......i have a daughter who is 85% deaf who has speedy( a hearing service dog)...i love them for all they do....we personally have 2 labs, sandy, sandy, jasperbell{a terrier} and duke...who have our time and love

  18. We are so sorry......we have missed your posts here due to one thing and another.

    Just to say we are with you all the way....

    And support you on this hard and tragic anniversary,

    love and licks, Marvin xxxxx

    Much love from Jeannie xxx

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  20. Nice post, beautiful dog, touching tribute. Thanks for posting it.



  21. Stormy, that is the MOST beautiful, patriotic picture of you, your mom & dad must be very proud to have such a patriotic pup. Our mom is crying again...she always cries some on this sad anniversary, but this year has been the worst, she's cried off and on for 2 whole days.
    She had a great friend who always took this anniversary off of work so he could mourn & honor our heros in privacy and without feeling guilty that his mind wasn't on his work, sadly he passed of a heart attack at 4AM on Tuesday morning, 9-11. Our mom said that date is her saddest day of the year, but from now on it'll be even worse.
    God Bless our Troops, our Heros, and our moms most patriotic friend, Mark.
    Sorrowful woos'
    Bama & the RHP