07/04/2014 09:10 am ET Updated Jul 04, 2014

Daily Meditation: Independence

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Today's meditation features a rendition of the iconic American national anthem sung by Whitney Houston. On American Independence Day, let us consider those around the world still struggling for freedom and the responsibility we have as global citizens to never give up the cause.

The Star-Spangled Banner

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?



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