At the Veterans Memorial in front of Ashe County Courthouse, Foxx pesented an American flag which flew over the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 18 to members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 80, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7946 and American Legion Post 275. Foxx spoke briefly on the role of the American veteran in helping preserve this country’s freedoms, and encouraged people at this time in history to especially remember the fourth verse of The National Anthem.
The flag was accepted by DAV Commander Buddy Greer, and hoisted at the memorial by color guard members David Sexton and Carroll Jordan as the National Anthem was played. Following are the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem.
The Star Spangled
“O! 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 through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets’ 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: