Mennonites Release New Version of American National Anthem, ‘The Flower-Spangled Bonnet’


In order to celebrate the 4th of July, the American Mennonite community has commissioned famed Mennonite songwriter Francis Scott Hostetler to write a new national anthem.

“This is one even us Mennonites will stand up for,” said Mr. Hostetler. “I sure hope it catches on.”

So, without further ado, here is the new American National Anthem. Feel free to sing along.

The Flower-Spangled Bonnet

Oh, say can you see by Elder Yoder’s flashlight,
That so humbly we gave the church kitchen a cleaning?
Our broad pants and tight jars, caused a pacifist fight,
While the elders just watched, ever gallantly shunning.
And the pastor’s red glare, the buggies must be repaired,
Singing hymns through the night, but our church was still there.
Oh, say does that flower-spangled bonnet yet wave
On the heads of the free and the hearts of the saved?

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