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Carol Perkins: Happy Fourth of July
Thoughts while remembering her favorite patriotic song, 'This Is My Country - CAROL PERKINS, remembering an encounter in Cozumel
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By Carol Perkins
This Is My Country
"This is my country! Land of my birth!I am a patriotic soul, and when I think about my favorite patriotic song, "This Is My Country" ranks at the top. It makes me think of flags flying around the square, church choirs singing "America, the Beautiful," Fourth of July, and fireworks igniting from sea to shining sea.
That is why my favorite thing to do on the 4th is to follow the TV coverage of celebrations across our nation and reflect on the journey from 1776 to today. Like most of you, I was born in America. Like most of you, my ancestors were not. I live in the same county where I was born and, until I left for college and later married, in the same white frame house my parents built when I was only a few months old. My mother still lives there and it is "home." I hold my roots dear and I hope my children do as well.
What difference if I hail from North or SouthWhen Americans go abroad, they quickly recognize other Americans as brothers or sisters and grab a slice of home. "Where are you from in the states?" There is no North, South, East, or West. They are American comrades in a foreign land. I feel that way when I am vacationing far from home and I spot a man or woman wearing a Kentucky shirt.
"Are you from Kentucky?" I ask. If not, he will have a story about the shirt and how he came to own it.
With hand upon heart, I thank the Lord for this my native land,As long as I was going to school, I stood proudly as my teacher led our class in the Pledge of Allegiance. The flag was always on a stand at the front of the classroom. Every student placed his hand over his heart and didn't stumble over words, but recited them clearly and sincerely.
Students are not required to stand during the pledge today and certainly don't have to recite it. No matter how much I wanted to force them to stand, I knew I could not. "They'll understand someday," I told myself. "One day they will have children and will want to teach them the meaning of the flag and for which it stands."
This is my country! Land of my choice!I did not have to choose my country; it was given to me by nature of my birth. However, I am positive that if I lived elsewhere, I would wish to be an American. As each Fourth of July passes, I am even more aware of the importance of that day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was read aloud with church bells ringing and joyous citizens in the streets of Philadelphia celebrating their independence. It was definitely a day worthy of fireworks and speeches and songs of patriotism. It continues to be a day of celebration and remembrance. Happy Fourth of July!--
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