Monday, May 28, 2012

God Bless America!

It was our privilege today to be a part of the school Memorial Day program, honoring the veterans who have fought for our country for more than 200 years. I want to say a big thank you to all who have served.


Mom, Tina, Tiggy, and I sang a trio arrangement of God bless America. That's not a typo; four of us sang a trio. We had to nearly disassemble the gymnasium after Mom's wireless mike wouldn't work. It made me wish I had some sort of poetry reading or something to pass the time  Now that I mention it, I could have, thanks to Mr. Unterseher, my high school English teacher.

With apologies to the poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, for any smudging of my memory brought about by the preceding 26 years.

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept,
Alike, the conqueror silent sleeps,
And time the ruined bridge has swept,
Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.

Oh, spirit that made those heroes dare,
To die and leave their children free,
Bid time and nature gently spare,
This shaft we raise to them, and thee.

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