The famous phrases "the land of the free and the home of the brave" are attributed to Francis Scott Key. He composed the lines in 1814, and they have been sung as the United States' national anthem since 1931. A buddy described him as "distressingly serious." The words tell of his anguish at witnessing the attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, and his hope that America would survive. They also reflect Key's belief that freedom was a right granted by God and not just an idea of the mind.
Today, these words ring true for all those who live in this great country. We may never agree on everything, but we can all recognize the importance of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These are the things that made our country special enough for Francis Scott Key to save from disaster by fleeing Britain. These are the freedoms that have always made America different than any other country in the world.
So yes, it is true that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
In 1814, Francis Scott Key penned "the country of the free and the home of the brave" in a poem called "The Defense of Fort McHenry." The battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore was pivotal, with Americans displaying true bravery and fighting for independence. The phrase became popular after its publication.
Key had no idea that his simple poem would one day be used as an anthem for our nation. On September 19, 1814, just hours after the attack on Fort McHenry ended, President James Madison ordered that it be played daily at 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. as an act of defiance toward the enemy. Today, the song is often sung during American military ceremonies.
The melody to which Key set his words is based on a Scottish folk song known as "To Anacreon in Prison." The lyrics tell of the beauty of Maryland and of an injured soldier who wishes to be buried there.
Of all the places in America, why Maryland? At the time, most Americans knew nothing about the state or its capital city. But the Battle of Baltimore showed that Maryland could fight alongside Virginia when needed. As well, Thomas Jefferson was president when Key wrote his poem. He liked it so much he had it read at the opening of Congress in December 1814. This may have contributed to Madison deciding to use it as an anthem.
We should remember that if the United States is still "the land of the free" 200 years after it was pronounced such by a slaveholder and foe of free speech, it is because of the brave "who have called it home since dawn's early light in September 1814."
America is the land of the free because we have been able to keep faith with those who came before us and fight for our freedoms day in and day out since our own birth. We can remain free only by working together at times when it may not be easy. Our victories over tyranny have always come through sacrifice and effort from many people, but especially through the sacrifice of our soldiers who have given their lives fighting for what they believed in.
We should also never forget that the phrase "the land of the free" was coined by a man who owned slaves. It was during his term as president that America became officially "the land of the free."
In conclusion, America is the land of the free because we have been able to keep faith with those who came before us and fight for our freedoms day in and day out since our own birth.
We are the home of the brave because we believe Americans are brave, as seen by the history of our pioneers who colonized wide open territories. The statement is intended to elicit sentiments of patriotism from the song from which it is derived, to make American hearts swell with pride everytime the band performs.
Namibia's national song, "Namibia, Land of the Brave," was approved in December 1991. It was written by Axali Doeseb, the director of a Kalahari desert traditional music ensemble. Doeseb was picked to write it after winning a competition conducted shortly after Namibia gained independence in 1990. The song describes how people are proud to be Namibians because they know that their country will be free even though they are poor.
Namibia is a southern African country located between South Africa and Angola with its capital city in Windhoek. It is one of the least densely populated countries on Earth with just over 1 person per square kilometer. About 85 percent of Namibia is made up of dry deserts or savannas. The remaining 15 percent is covered by forests.
Namibia has natural resources including copper, gold, iron ore, uranium, and zinc. However, due to government regulations, most of the mineral wealth remains untapped.
In 2008, Namibia had an estimated population of 2.3 million people with about 95% living in urban areas. Of this number, about 70% are considered ethnic Germans (or Europeans), 20% are black Africans, and 10% other groups including Arabs and Asians.
About 75% of the people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The rest are employed in the service industry or in government jobs.