July 17, 1996 - Issue: Vol. 142, No. 105 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 2nd Session
REPORT FROM INDIANA--A PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION; Congressional Record Vol. 142, No. 105
(Extensions of Remarks - July 17, 1996)
Text available as:
Formatting necessary for an accurate reading of this text may be shown by tags (e.g., <DELETED> or <BOLD>) or may be missing from this TXT display. For complete and accurate display of this text, see the PDF.
[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1302-E1304] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] REPORT FROM INDIANA--A PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION ______ HON. DAVID M. McINTOSH of indiana in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 17, 1996 Mr. McINTOSH. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to give my Report from Indiana for the week of July 17, 1996. This week I would like to share with you the program of a very, very special celebration that my wife Ruthie and I were so honored to attend over the Independence Day recess--``A Patriotic Celebration,'' music performed by the staff and residents of the Henry County Youth Shelter in New Castle, IN. As the children performed, their young faces glowed with pride. Their deep love of country resonated in my heart as they sang so eloquently. Being included truly moved me. It brought tears to my eyes, put a lump in my throat, and filled my heart with hope. Words cannot adequately convey the sincere and heartfelt appreciation for what it was like to be a part of their event. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say thank you. Each and every one of the residents and staff of the Henry County Youth Shelter should be commended. The performance was spectacular. And I would like to include the attached program into the Congressional Record for my colleagues to review: [[Page E1303]] ``A Patriotic Celebration'' Presented by the Residents and Staff of the Henry County Youth Center for U.S. Congressman and Mrs. David M. McIntosh, July 2, 1996 program National Anthem: ``Star Spangled Banner'' Resident Dawn B.: What Is The ``Pledge of Allegiance?'' Resident Darren W.: Leads The ``Pledge of Allegiance'' ``God Bless America'' Residents Lamontta R. and Virgil R.: History of ``America The Beautiful'' ``America The Beautiful'' ``God Bless The U.S.A.'' ``This Land is Your Land'' Resident Freddie M.: ``Children Learn What They Live'' ``Battle Hymn of the Republic'' Special and Talented Participating Residents: Krystal B., Gabe H., Stacy N., Dawn B., Jeremy I., Brandy R., Brandi C., Summer J., Lamontta R., Floyd C., Rocky L., Virgil R., Tianna D., Freddie M., Darren W., Matthew F., Nathan M., and Jeremy M. ``star spangled banner'' Oh say! can you see, by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru, the perilous fight. O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thru' the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave! ____ what is the ``pledge of allegiance''? The ``Pledge of Allegiance'' to the flag is a pledge to the ideals of our forefathers; the men who fought and died in the building of this great nation. It's a pledge to fulfill our duties and obligations as citizens of the united States, and to uphold the principles of our constitution. And last, but not least, it's a pledge to maintain the four great freedoms cherished by all Americans: freedom of speech, freedom of Religion, freedom from Want, and freedom from Fear. ____ pledge of allegiance I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands: One nations, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. ____ ``god bless america'' Oh, God bless America, land that I love Stand beside her, and guide her Through the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies To the oceans, white with foam God bless America, my home sweet home. ____ History of ``America The Beautiful'' (Words by Katharine Lee Bates, Music by Samuel A. Ward) In 1893 an English teacher at Wellesley College wrote a poem that was to become the lyrics for one of the most beautiful of American patriotic songs. Katharine Lee Bates had been asked to lecture at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and it was during that summer that she penned ``America the Beautiful.'' On her trip west she saw for the first time the abundant glories of America, and later said that the chief inspiration for her poem had been the magnificent view from the top of Pikes Peak. Standing in that rarified atmosphere she saw ``spacious skies,'' and ``purple mountain majesties'' and such an expanse of fertile country that she was moved with an exalted pride that cried out for poetic expression. Soon after the poem was printed in 1895--in The Congregationalist, a church magazine--it was set to various tunes and printed in hymnals. But by the 1920's it had become permanently associated with the tune ``Materna,'' which Samuel Augustus Ward had composed in 1882 for the hymn ``O Mother Dear, Jerusalem.'' Many modern-day Americans feel that the lyrical hymn written by Miss Bates and set to Ward's fine, singable tune should have been chosen as the national anthem of the United States. ``AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL'' O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain. America! America! God shed his grace on thee, Oh, and crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea. Oh beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife; Who more than self, their country loved; And mercy more than life. America! America! may God thy gold refine. Till all success, be nobleness and every gain divine. Oh, beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears. America! America! God shed His grace on thee; And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea. ____ ``God Bless the USA'' If tomorrow all things were gone, I'd worked for all my life And I had to start again with just my children and my wife; I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today, 'Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away; And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me; And I gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the USA. From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee, Across the plains of Texas from sea to shining sea. From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA, Well, there's pride in every American heart and it's time we stand and say: That I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, And I won't forget the men who dies who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today, 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the USA. And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me; And I gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today; 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the USA. ____ ``this land is your land'' This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Islands From the Redwood forests, to the Gulf Stream waters, Hey this land was made for you and me. As I was walking, that ribbon of highway I saw above me, endless skyways I saw below me, that golden valley The land was made for you and me. I've roamed and rambled, and followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of, the diamond deserts And all around me, a voice was sounding Saying, ``This land was made for you and me''. This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Islands From the Redwood Forests, to the Gulf Stream waters Hey this land was made for you and me. When the sun comes shining, and I was strolling And the wheat fields waving, and the dust clouds blowing As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting, ``This land was made for you and me''. This land is your land, and this land is my land From California, to the New York Islands From the Redwood Forests, to the Gulf Stream waters Hey this land was made for you and me. WELL, this land was made for you and me. ____ children learn what they live If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice. If a child lives with security, He learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance, He learns to find love in the world. ____ ``battle hymn of the republic'' Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He has loosed the fatefull lightning of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on. I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps; They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I have read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps. His day is marching on. Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory hallelujah! His truth is marching on. [[Page E1304]] I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel: ``As ye deal with My contempters, so with you My grace shall deal''; Let the Hero born of woman crush the serpent with His heel, Since my God is marching on. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement seat; Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet! Our God is marching on. Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory hallelujah! Oh! Glory, glory hallelujah! His truth is marching on. ____________________