HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
1776: We adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring ourselves to be free and independent states from Great Britain. Our British neighbors (where we used to live, in Missouri) are sometimes asked if they celebrate the 4th of July “over there”. “No. We lost.” is their answer looking at the questioner with a dumbfounded look.
Patriotism: “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.” (Thank you, Dictionary.com)
I believe that over the years our national patriotism has been slowly diminishing. There is this pervasive feeling that it’s not cool to be American. We’re lame, Europe’s cool. Let’s be like them. Please, people. What would this world be like if it hadn’t been for America. I’m patriotic. I love America. I think the world wouldn’t be the same without us. And I think we’re the best thing going. Yes, I just said that and I’m proud. That doesn’t mean I don’t like/love things about other countries and their people. I absolutely loved living in Europe and all the cool things over there. I just happen to think America is the. best.
We’re taught to be all inclusive and to accept the way things are done elsewhere. We’re taught to detest the “Americanization” of the rest of the world. Well, rest of the world, if you don’t like us so much stop listening to our music, watching our movies, wearing our jeans, and visiting our country. If you’re here and hate it so much, well, leave.
This Friday 13 list I’ve put together is some of my favorite patriotic songs. You can probably hum the tunes to all of these. Do you know the words? Do your children? I asked Reagan what our national anthem was. She couldn’t tell me the name, but she could sing the first words. That’s awesome because we haven’t studied it yet in school.
So, if you don’t know these, learn them. Teach them to your kids. Be proud to be an American. Love your country while respecting everyone else. Being the best in the world comes with responsibilities.
Friday 13: 13 Great Patriotic Songs
- Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
- America The Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates
- God Bless the USA (I’m proud to be an American) by Lee Greenwood
- My Country Tis of Thee by Samuel Francis Smith
- God Bless America by Irving Berlin
- Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia W. Howe (great history about the origins of the hymn)
- Yankee Doodle (originally use by the British to make fun of us)
- Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue by Toby Keith
- The U.S. Air Force Song (Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder) by Capt. Robert Crawford
- You’re A Grand Ole Flag by George M. Cohan
- This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
- The Marine’s Hymn
- This Is My Country by Don Raye
And here’s some flag etiquette in case you need some brushing up on that.
What are your favorite patriotic songs?