The United States of America!
Independence Day – Fourth of July
This is the day that we, as Americans, celebrate the birth of our nation. Please
join me in reflecting upon the words of the first verse of the patriotic song,
My Country ‘Tis of Thee by Samuel Francis Smith. It is also known as America.
Additional comments are taken from various historical writings and records.
My country, ’tis of thee,
(“one nation under God…” from our Pledge of Allegiance)
Sweet land of liberty,
(“…with liberty and justice for all.” from our Pledge of Allegiance)
Of thee I sing;
(While singing this patriotic song, let us also sing praises to God
as stated in Psalm 117:1 NLT, “Praise the LORD, all you nations.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.”)
Land where my fathers died,
(“We have come to dedicate a portion of that field,
as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that
that nation might live.” from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address)
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
(According to Wikipedia, a pilgrim is a traveler who comes from
afar and is on a journey to a holy place. In American history,
the Pilgrims were early European settlers of the Plymouth Colony.)
From ev’ry mountainside
(This refers to all the landscape of our nation including the
Allegheny Mountains of the east and the Rocky Mountains of the west,)Let freedom ring!
(Lincoln’s concluding remarks of the Gettysburg Address state,
“… that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died
in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth
of freedom — and that government of the people, by the
people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The freedoms of religion, speech and press are specifically
stated in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments
to the United States Constitution.)
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