In honor of our nation’s birthday

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The United States may not be very old in the scheme of the worlds’ nations, but it is a nation recognized through most of the world. Most people I’m sure aren’t very happy with us, including a good portion of our citizens but I am still proud to be an American. I choke up whenever I hear these songs. Our country was founded by immigrants and issue of immigration is still a hot-button topic. One set of great-grandparents came to this country in the 1920’s through Ellis Island. It’s fascinating to see their names listed on that ship’s registry in the looping script so prevalent when handwriting was the main method of capturing and distributing information.

I hope you enjoy these few videos. For those of you here in the States, have a fantastic Fourth of July. Be safe and celebrate. For my out of the country readers, hope you have a great day.

Our history may not be long, but it’s our history and with the wealth of backgrounds that made up this country, apparently we have some partiers! In my area of the US, it’s a thick history of German, Czechs, Mexicans, Spaniards, Native cultures, and French.

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Here are a few links if you can’t get these shows on your television.

Boston Pops

A Capital Fourth

And finally…

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…

to read the rest go here.

 

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