What So Proudly We Hail

Today is the 4th of July, a really big day in America’s history. It’s the day marking our independence from Britain thanks to the valor of many in a wretched seven year war.  I have to say I am involuntarily patriotic and what I mean by that is, whether I like it or not, love of country resides in my bones.

Who else would have the Star Spangled Banner on her iPod?

I am greatly stirred by anything pertaining to my country (including jury duty that I try in any way shape or form to get out of making me not patriotically perfect by a long shot).

Soldiers stop me in my tracks. When I see a veteran   either selling those little flowers you pin to your lapel or one that has fallen on hard times asking for help, I melt like a block of ice.

My favorite West Wing episode is one from the first season called ‘In Excelsis Deo’ when a Korean war vet is found dead with the White House Communication Director’s business card in his pocket from a coat he gave to the Good Will. The character, Toby Zigler, is so shaken by the man’s irrelevant treatment by the D.C. police he gets the guy a 4 star funeral at Arlington. It’s one of the most moving bits of film I have ever had the privilege to view.

Ken Burns comes to mind, one of our greatest educators. He has taught me more in his films than anyone I’ve read or listened to.

He believes as Americans we are all connected by blood especially blood that’s been heroically spilled.   

I feel that too whenever I hear the phrase ‘Let Freedom Ring,‘ a gift I never take for granted. 

I know how blessed I am to live in ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’ I’m using these familiar idioms because they don’t mince words; instead they halt you right where you stand.

‘We hold these truths to be self- evident that all men are created equal..’    

‘God Bless America, land that I love, stand beside her and guide her. Through the night with a light from above…’

‘My country’ tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; land where my fathers died…’

My favorite though has to be the last piece of Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address.  It never fails to place a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.

It reminds me of brotherhood, patriotism, love of the land we as Americans, through grace, have nobly inherited:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Happy 4th everyone…

Here’s to those rockets red glare  and that flag that blessedly is still there …

SB

About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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11 Responses to What So Proudly We Hail

  1. Happy 4th Susannah! This is my favorite line, sadly it is easily forgotten…thanks for the reminder. “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.”

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  2. Rob says:

    Sorry for the wretched war.

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  3. Vasca says:

    God bless America…forever and ever! Abraham Lincoln also said, “”America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Thus, to make sure America survives we must always remember…we are not enemies…but friends. Friends! Wonderful 4th of July!

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  4. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Very fine post. Happy Independence Day. I’m OD’ing on HBO’s “John Adams” today. The flag is out, can’t have the 4th without the flag.

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  5. backonmyown says:

    This is a very eloquent tribute to this wonderful country we call home. Thank you.

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