July 4th and the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave


These photos were taken at Memorial Day services at Clinton-Garfield Cemetery in Rolfe, Iowa, on May 31, 2010. While a different holiday, the flags show the patriotic sentiment of today, July 4th. Tonight I’ll watch fireworks and think of Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner” lyrics* including the following, hoping that for generations to come the answer to the third and fourth lines remains, “Yes.”

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?


Memorial Day services at Rolfe, Iowa's, Clinton-Garfield Cemetery, 2010. (Click on photo to enlarge.)


The monument at the right honors the nurses. (Click on photo to enlarge.)



*Francis Scott Key’s manuscript for the “Star-Spangled Banner” is here.

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s home page.)


5 Responses to “July 4th and the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”

  1. Marti Carlson Says:

    Touching. Am thinking similarly today.

  2. Peg Moore Says:

    Hearts. ❤ ❤

  3. Peg Moore Says:

    And I really like the elevator in the background. Most patriotic photographs choose something else for the background–something more “sensational,” perhaps. But this is also true America and a part of America I love dearly.

    I don’t think I’ve ever noticed the nurses’ monument. Very fitting that they should be honored!

  4. Clara Hoover Says:

    I think the engraved tribute to the nurses is on the east side of this monument, and we generally look at the monument from the west side especially during Memorial Day services.

  5. Glenn Markley Says:

    I will show the Nurses Monument to my Daughter and Family when they get here in August. Kris is a Nurse.

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