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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Countdown: 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1


With yet another year having passed, it is again time for celebration of America's independence. Let us not forget those who have fought or are fighting for our nation; they are the epitome of the human spitit called freedom! Salute to America in recognition and honor of her independence: July 4, 1776.


Let's begin this year's Countdown:




Stand by it!  

Having faced acceptance, as well as controversy, this is still the official motto of the United States of America. The phrase appears to have originated in "The Star-Spangled Banner", written during the War of 1812: And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

 

The patriotic song God Bless America has become an iconic symbol of the United States of America originally written in 1918 by Irving Berlin while he was serving the US Army at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York. In 1938, with the rise of Adolf Hitler, Irving Berlin, who was Jewish and a first-generation European immigrant, felt it was time to revive it as a "peace song," and it was introduced on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938, sung by Kate Smith on her radio show.





Listen to the original FIRST broadcast radio performance of
"God Bless America" sung by Kate Smith.

America was founded on hope, faith and courage

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A strong-willed people from very diverse backgrounds crossed treacherous waters, enduring hardships unimaginable to us today. Hope, faith, and courage remained resolute even in the face of serendipitous challenges. 
  
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Hope for an improved life
Led ships to set sail for America
Why did they leave their homes, 
Those ancestors of our generation?
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Great fortunes some would seek
While others simply settled for freedom
All were hard-working folks
Laborers with varied education
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Some traveled as prisoners
Many were indentured servants
Each hoped for a better life
Built on faith’s determination 
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Faith the Christian cornerstone
Inspired stabilization of belief
Preparing for the unexpected
Confirmed a watchful eye of conviction
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Enormous challenges emerged
Within an era of self-belief
All answered their call to duty
When courage was commonplace 
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Courage to overcome
Took strength larger than life
An innate part of who they were
Hearts and minds did embrace
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Thousands of years of descendants
Left their mark for generations to come
Enduring sickness and hardships
With perseverance and innovation
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Each has a name, a family
And they are still all together
So who do they proclaim to be?
Our ancestors—Our foundation

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