Hats off !…a Fourth of July remembrance….

Hats Off! The Flag is Passing By....

Hat's Off! The Flag is Passing By....

Sometimes I have the most amazing chats with my 89 year old Mommy. For every mundane how are you feeling, what did you have for dinner, what are you doing today conversation, she still has the ability to surprise me. Like this morning….she was describing a little 4th of July party at her assisted living facility, at which she recited a poem, Hats Off!! , that she had memorized in the 4th grade, (that would be about 80 years ago)and still remembers by heart!! She recited it to me over the phone….perfectly…I asked her who wrote it, she replied, “Oh, I don’t remember that.” But I looked it up online…and found it in 20 seconds (which amazed my non-computer literate Mom)…Hat’s Off ! was written by Henry Holcomb Bennett in 1900, but the poem didn’t become well known until 1919, when it was published in Women’s World magazine…it became very popular during the depression. I now pass it along to you, compliments of HHB….it is quite stirring when read aloud….perhaps you and you kids can recite it at your barbecue(though presumably not by heart). Certainly reminds one what the holiday is all about. Enjoy, and Happy Fourth of July everyone…Be nice, and come home safe.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;
But more than the flag is passing by.

Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State;
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;

Days of plenty and years of peace,
March of a strong land’s swift increase:
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverent awe;

Sign of a nation, great and strong,
To ward her people from foreign wrong;
Pride and glory and honor, all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

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3 Responses

  1. Donna,
    Great poem!! Thank you and your mother for bringing it to our attention.

  2. Thank you!!! What a lovely poem… the right sentiment…
    and to be recited by your mom… how lucky you are!…
    God Bless America and long may our Flag wave!
    Hats Off!

    Happy Fourth!

    TRICIA

  3. Great Poem Donna. Your mom came from a special generation. They had to live through the deppression, and fight a world war to save our freedom. I’m sure that poem meant alot to them. Thanks for passing it on. Happy 4th of July.

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